7-Sep-2021 Source: Milestone
The following announcement from Milestone comes as TAS is gradually getting rid of their five-strong Sikorsky S76D fleet. Of these, two have been delivered to Caverton Helicopters in Nigeria and two of the others have not flown, one for two months and one for four months. We understand one of the latter pair is destined for new work in India. Just two of the five remain active in Thailand today, alongside the two Sikorsky S92s which TAS fly. Ed.
The Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), the global leader in helicopter leasing, today announced that they are to provide three AW139 helicopters to Thai Aviation Services Ltd. (“TAS”). TAS is a privately-owned helicopter operator based in Thailand. For over three decades, TAS has been playing a significant role as an air operator providing helicopter service for the offshore operations of oil and gas companies throughout the Southeast Asia region.
The three AW139 helicopters from Milestone will be used to support a multi-year contract recently awarded to TAS, together with its partner Helistar, an oil and gas company in Malaysia. Delivering in February 2022, the helicopters will be based in Malaysia and will commence missions shortly thereafter.
Suwanawat Koeworakul, Managing Director at TAS, said, “We are delighted to expand the TAS fleet with the agreement to lease these three AW139 helicopters from Milestone. TAS’ existing relationship with Milestone is strengthened by the addition of these aircraft. The three AW139’s will help us meet our obligations in providing exceptional offshore service for our customers in Thailand, with our partner Helistar in Malaysia.”
Michael York, Head of Emerging Markets at Milestone, said, “The Milestone team’s high level of skill, experience and commitment ensured that we were able to rapidly modify and provide these three AW139 helicopters to TAS. This certainty of execution is a key differentiator for Milestone and we are pleased to continue Milestone’s deep commitment to TAS, and support their oil and gas missions in Malaysia.”
Milestone is one of the world’s largest owners of the class-leading AW139 helicopter type. The Milestone AW139 fleet is deployed globally across a variety of missions, including oil and gas, EMS (Emergency Medical Services), Law enforcement, and Search and Rescue (SAR).