The Helicopter Company (THC), fully owned by the
Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia, has signed a
purchase agreement with Airbus to purchase 10 H125 helicopters.
Considered a multi-task aircraft, the Airbus H125
can carry up to six passengers and be easily reconfigured to suit
THC will use the helicopters to roll out new services related to scenic tourism and
aerial work such as filming, banner towing, and surveying.
“This order marks the beginning of a new
partnership with The Helicopter Company and we welcome them as a
new Airbus Helicopters customer,” said Ben Bridge, Executive Vice
President of Global Business at Airbus Helicopters. “The H125 is
the perfect helicopter for developing commercial operations in the
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as it is a powerful and truly versatile
aircraft particularly suited to hot and high environments.”
PIF established THC as part of a strategy to
activate new sectors in Saudi Arabia that support the realization
of Vision 2030 and generate long-term commercial returns.
The Kingdom’s first local commercial
helicopter operator, THC has been offering private flights since
mid-2019 and is now expanding its services with the addition of
the H125 to its fleet.
Martinez, CEO of THC, said, “By signing this agreement, THC has
taken a massive step in expanding its fleet and implementing its
ambitious operational plan. We are proud to be contributing to the
advancement of Saudi Arabia’s tourism and aviation industries
through our innovative air transport services that guarantee
passengers a one-of-a-kind experience to relish the beauty of the
Kingdom from above. I would like to thank our partners at Airbus
Helicopters who have ensured we have reached an agreement that
matches our requirements, and we look forward to furthering our
collaboration in the near future. I would also like to extend our
thanks to PIF for their enduring support since our founding as we
work together to advance Saudi Arabia’s aviation industry.”