9-Aug-2021 Source: HeliHub.com
Brazilian operator Omni is expanding after winning new work from national oil company Petrobras. Omni will soon have an active fleet of five Airbus H175 helicopters, one delivered into Brazil in September 2020 for an earlier contract and four currently in transit for the new contract.
The four being added consist of two leased from NHV and two supplied by Airbus Helicopters. One of the latter pair was previously leased to NHV, while the other was a new example from the production line. NHV had an oversupply of H175s after Babcock won a contract in Denmark which the Belgian-based operator had previously flown.
These moves mean that NHV is no longer the largest H175 operator in the world, although they still have the most experience on the type in terms of flying hours. Babcock operate a fleet of twelve 175s around the world, while NHV have eleven. The next largest fleet are the seven with the Hong Kong Government Flying Service, while Omni’s acquisition makes them the fourth largest operator, followed by Pegaso in Mexico and CHC with three each.