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HANGAR TALK Middle East.

Gulf Helicopters is owned by Qatar Petroleum, through a holding Company, Gulf

International Services and General Public of State of Qatar. Gulf Helicopters have been providing heli- copter services since 1970 working with companies throughout the Middle East, India and North Africa. Gulf Helicopters has its own in-house maintenance facility with a team of highly qualified and experienced engineers undertaking fleet maintenance and modifica- tion work. Gulf Helicopters is also an authorized service centre for AgustaWestland for their AW139s and also one of the first Helicopters Company to have its full flight simulator for AW139 for its operations and third party use. ◆

and expansion plans and the aircraft is now performing roles such as offshore trans- port, emergency medical service and search and res- cue around the world. Emilio Dalmasso, Senior

CHC AW139 Helicopter Fleet Achieve 50,000 Hours Milestone

AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that the AW139 medium twin helicopter fleet operated by the CHC Helicopter group of compa- nies is the first to achieve the milestone of 50,000 flying hours. CHC is the largest AW139 operator worldwide with 25 units in service and an undisclosed number of aircraft on order. CHC introduced the AW139 into service in 2005 as part of its fleet renewal


Vice President Commercial Business Unit, AgustaWestland said, “We congratulate CHC on becoming the first operator to achieve this milestone, which is particularly notable given the demanding opera- tional and environmental conditions encountered supporting oil and gas facil- ities globally. Achieving so many flight hours in such a short period is evidence of the effectiveness, safety and reliability of the AW139 and our commitment to support offshore operator’s require- ments.”

The best selling and only new generation helicopter in its class available today, the AW139 has set new stan- dards in its category thanks to its outstanding perform- ance in the most demanding conditions, cabin space, payload, state-of-the-art technology, safety, reliabili- ty and maintainability. The AW139 has become the

benchmark helicopter in the offshore transport market with over 30% of orders logged so far being in this sector of the market. Over 500 AW139 helicopters have been sold with over 350 now in service, many with the world’s leading large fleet operators.

In 2009 AgustaWestland and Heli-One, the mainte- nance division of CHC, established a worldwide service centre network plus a Repair & Overhaul Centre at Heli-One’s headquarters in Vancouver, Canada.. These agreements have strengthened the support capabilities for the AW139 and build upon AgustaWestland’s ongoing commitment to deliver increasing levels of support. CHC Helicopter is a leading player in the provi- sion of helicopter support to the oil and gas industry as well as a world leader in search and rescue (SAR), and repair and overhaul (R&O) markets. CHC Helicopter has bases across all continents with approxi- mately 250 aircraft operat- ing in 30 countries. ◆

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