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Partnership targets offshore market

Posted 25 February 2019 · Add Comment

French helicopter company, Héli-Union, has announced a new partnership with Angolan business jet charter operator and service and maintenance provider, Bestfly, writes Jon Lake.

The collaboration, revealed in late September, aims to provide what Héli-Union calls “top-notch helicopter services for oil-and-gas companies in Angola”.
It also marked the partners’ determination to jointly contribute to Angola’s industrial development.
With 57 years of experience in more than 60 countries worldwide, Héli-Union today operates a fleet of more than 40 aircraft located in nine countries. The company has operated offshore and onshore point-to-point personnel transportation services for oil and gas companies, medevac flights, limited search and rescue (SAR) operations, and has provided helicopter pilot training and helicopter maintenance, repair and modification services, to a range of civil and government clients worldwide.
After 20 years of operating autonomously in Angola, Héli-Union decided to consolidate its market position by partnering with a local Angolan aviation provider.
Bestfly was established in 2009 and has rapidly become known for the quality of the aircraft management, handling, operational and flight planning support services that it offers.
The partnership was announced at an event at Bestfly’s premises at Luanda Airport, to which a number of local government departments and oil and gas companies were invited.
Nuno Pereira, Bestfly’s chairman, said he was: “very excited to collaborate with a world-known aviation actor like Héli-Union”. He added: “With Héli-Union’s in-depth proficiency in the helicopter industry and our domestic know-how of the Angolan market, we will certainly be able to exceed the expectation of the international oil and gas operators in Angola.”
Jonathan Cosson, deputy managing director of Héli-Union, said he was proud of this new partnership. “With Bestfly’s local knowledge and experience, Héli-Union will be able to reinforce its presence in Africa, especially in an emerged oil-and-gas market like Angola. Together, we will thrive on being the best aviation service provider in Angola.”
Héli-Union and Bestfly will deliver several helicopters to meet the operational needs of the oil and gas industry in Angola.
 

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