Hot air balloons use liquid propane to heat the air. As the air is heated, its density decreases. The hot air flows into the envelope and lifts the balloon upward.
Hot air balloons’ flight route is determined by the wind. Pilots are unable to steer hot air balloons towards a certain direction but only descend or ascend.
There are three hot air balloon manufacturers in the world: Cameron Balloons (England), Ultramagic Balloons (Spain) and Kubicek Balloons (Czech Republic). Urgup Balloons’ fleet mostly consists of hot air balloons produced by Cameron Balloons.
The prices of hot air balloons vary depending on its passenger capacity. While small air balloons made for individual use range between €15.000 and €30.000, big air balloons made for commercial use cost from €80.000 to €120.000.
Hot air balloons generally are made from hyperlast due to its superior durability. Hyperlast is proven to be the strongest fabric and greatest performer compared to others. All of our balloons are made all-Hyperlast for higher longevity.
Commercial hot air balloons typically fly between 5,000 and 6,000 feet — about 0.9 to 1.1 miles.
The lifespan of a hot air balloon varies depending on in which conditions it is used and what kind of fabric is used in the envelope. On average, a commercial hot air balloon is operable for 1300 hours.
There are many factors determining the fuel efficiency of a hot air balloon, such as the quality of the fabric, basket size, the shape of the balloon envelope. Therefore, each hot air balloon has a different level of fuel consumption. On average, a commercial hot air balloon with the capacity between 20-28 passengers typically uses approximately 400 litres of propane per hour.