8-Mar-2023 Source: Airbus Helicopters
The Helicopter Company (THC) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has taken delivery of its first Airbus ACH160 helicopter.
The aircraft is the first of six to be supplied by Airbus Corporate Helicopters in ACH160 Line configuration and will enter into corporate aviation services with Red Sea Global which becomes Middle East launch customer of the ACH160.
Additionally, THC has ordered a further four ACH160s with an option for four more, taking its total commitments to ten ACH160s, on top of the ten H125 and five H145 helicopters already delivered and a further 15 H145 helicopters to be delivered across 2023 and 2024.
CEO of THC, Capt Arnaud Martinez, said: “THC are thrilled to receive our first ACH160 to immediately be deployed for corporate transport services with Red Sea Global on the west coast of Saudi Arabia.”
Airbus Helicopters CEO Bruno Even said: “I am delighted to see the success of THC in building the commercial helicopter sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and honoured by the expression of confidence represented by their new orders. And I congratulate Red Sea Global in putting into service in the Middle East the world’s most technologically advanced helicopter with its outstanding levels of comfort and safety.”
Red Sea Global is the developer behind two of the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism projects – the Red Sea and Amaala developments on the west coast of Saudi Arabia.
The Helicopter Company, established by the Public Investment Fund (PIF), is the premier helicopter services provider licensed to operate commercial flights in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It is at the forefront of developing commercial helicopter services in the Kingdom and has already introduced the H145 into service for emergency medical services and deployed both the H145 and H125 in support of the Dakar Rally.