The Helicopter Company (THC), Saudi Arabia’s first local commercial helicopter operator, has ordered 10 helicopters from Airbus as part of plans to expand fleet and services.
The value of the deal has not been revealed but the aircraft, H125, can carry up to six passengers and be easily reconfigured to suit varying requirements.
THC will use the aircraft to roll out new services related to scenic tourism and aerial work such as filming, banner towing, and surveying.
“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,” Capt. Arnaud Martinez, CEO of THC said.
Established by the kingdom’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), THC started operating private flights from mid-2019. The company already operates a fleet of three Leonardo Helicopters AW139 intermediate-twins, with a further four examples due to arrive by January 2021, flight global reports.