22-May-2013 Source: Heli Asset
Zurich-based business aviation charter operator Heli-Link, sister company to Jet-Link and now subsidiary company of DC Aviation of Germany, took delivery of the 2008-build model, configured with eight VIP seats and newly registered as HB-ZOL, this week. It will be available for third party charter with immediate effect, joining an existing EC-120B in the fleet.
Heli Link has been in business for over 20 years and has been the official helicopter partner to the WEF in Davos for more than 10 years. “We are delighted to be adding this new EC155B1 to our charter fleet,” commented Founding CEO Hanspeter Candrian. “Heli Asset did a terrific job in facilitating the sale of the helicopter to us.”
The boutique company remains fully autonomous following the ownership change, but its recent co-operation with DC Aviation means that it can now offer widened charter services on aircraft with a European Operator’s Certificate to complement its long established Swiss AOC.
International broker Heli Asset placed some 18 helicopters in 2012 and recently started publishing quarterly pre-owned market updates, publicly available on its website heliasset.com. Managing Director Emmanuel Dupuy and Sales Director William Sturm will be attending the European Business Aviation Convention (EBACE) in Geneva (21-23 May) next week. The company is also looking to recruit more sales directors to its expanding team.
Heli-Link AG was founded in 1990 by former Swissair Captain Hanspeter Candrian to operate helicopter charters. By 1997 it saw strong demand for a wide range of services culminating in the launch of Jet-Link AG for the fixed wing business aviation sector. Today Jet-Link operates a fleet of Falcon 7x and Learjet 45 aircraft. It undertakes its own executive handling at Zurich Airport. In March this year the company was sold to DC Aviation of Germany, creating optimal use of joint potential and resources in aircraft management, aircraft charter, aircraft maintenance, and consulting services.
Heli Asset, officially launched at Heli Expo in 2012, was founded by Emmanuel Dupuy in mid-2011. Uniquely in the pre-owned helicopter market its sales professionals are organised by helicopter model – with each being expert in their respective markets. Heli Asset sales directors specialise in specific pre-owned models, ensuring prospects and clients are provided with a great depth of knowledge. Last month the company started the publication of quarterly reports providing a snapshot of pre-owned markets of the four largest helicopter OEM’s – accessible on heliasset.com