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THC purchases 10 H125 helicopters


August 20, 2020
By Helicopters Staff


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The Helicopter Company, Saudi Arabia’s first local commercial helicopter operator, plans to use its new H125s for scenic tourism and aerial work. (Photo: Airbus)

The Helicopter Company, which is fully owned by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, signed a purchase agreement with Airbus Helicopters to purchase 10 H125 helicopters.

Airbus explains the deal is part of The Helicopter Company’s (THC) plan to expand and introduce new services with an emphasis on scenic tourism and aerial work like filming, banner towing and surveying. The H125 can carry up to six passengers and can be reconfigured to suit varying requirements as a multitask helicopter.

“By signing this agreement, THC has taken a massive step in expanding its fleet and implementing its ambitious operational plan,” said Capt. Arnaud Martinez, CEO of THC. “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.”

Airbus explains the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia established THC as part of its strategy to activate new sectors in Saudi Arabia that support the realization of Vision 2030 and generate long-term commercial returns. As 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.

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“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 VP 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.”