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The PIF’s Helicopter and Jet Company Partners with Bristow For Advanced Air Mobility In Saudi Arabia
The PIF’s Helicopter and Jet Company Partners with Bristow For Advanced Air Mobility In Saudi Arabia

The PIF-backed Helicopter and Jet Company has signed an MoU with Bristow Arabia Aircraft & Maintenance Services for advanced air mobility initiatives in Saudi Arabia.

This partnership aims to transform the vertical aviation sector, including electric vertical takeoff and landing known as eVTOL, and grow Saudi Arabia’s aviation ecosystem.

The Helicopter Company is Saudi Arabia’s No.1 commercial helicopter operator. They currently have 47 aircraft that serve Emergency Medical Services, private charters, and tourism.

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The Transforming Partnership

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The partnership between Helicopter and Jet Company and Bristow Arabia Aircraft & Maintenance Services could lead to the introduction of a new category of aircraft in the Middle East, particularly electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.

Bristow’s expertise and collaborations with leading AAM manufacturers will be crucial in this partnership. The company will provide safety, operational, certification, and logistics expertise, helping pave the way for adopting new technologies in Saudi Arabia.

The Helicopter and Jet Company (THC)

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Established in 2018 as Saudi Arabia’s premier commercial helicopter services provider, THC is wholly owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF). THC caters to various sectors with a fleet of 47 aircraft, including Emergency Medical Services (EMS), aerial work, private charters, and tourism.

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THC has been the leading provider of commercial helicopter services in the Kingdom and has been operating since mid-2019. With a modern fleet equipped with advanced technology and top-of-the-line safety measures, they provide unmatched service that exceeds expectations.

Capt. Arnaud Martinez, Chief executive officer of THC, said, “THC’s mission is to become a full-scope general aviation powerhouse with a regional focus and a global reach to the world.”

Bristow Arabia Aircraft & Maintenance Services

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A subsidiary of the globally renowned Bristow Group Inc., Bristow Arabia Aircraft & Maintenance Services is a key player in providing sustainable vertical flight solutions. Headquartered in Houston, the company has an extensive global footprint, with operations spanning numerous countries.

Bristow offers technical assistance, maintenance, and transformations for the international helicopter sector. Bristrow’s Design Team collaborates with the clients to design and certify modifications that adhere to strict regulatory guidelines and environmental standards.

Advanced Air Mobility (AAM)

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Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) is an emerging aviation market with many on-demand and automated passenger or cargo-carrying air transportation forms. 

Key among these is eVTOL, a type of aircraft that can take off, hover, and land vertically. This technology can potentially transform air travel, making it more efficient, accessible, and environmentally friendly.

The Partnership’s Impact on Saudi’s Aviation 

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The partnership between THC and Bristow could have significant implications for Saudi Arabia’s aviation ecosystem. The aviation sector plays a crucial role as the nation works towards its Vision 2030, an ambitious program that aims to diversify its economy and reduce its dependence on oil.

The MOU provides a framework for THC and Bristow to adopt emerging technologies, such as eVTOL, and to foster growth in Saudi Arabia’s aviation sector. 

As a result, the alliance could stimulate technological advancement, boost economic growth, and create new job opportunities in the aviation industry.

Future Prospects

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The partnership between THC and Bristow underscores a growing trend in the aviation industry toward embracing new technologies and sustainable practices. 

As the world continues to grapple with environmental challenges, the shift towards greener, more efficient modes of transport is desirable and necessary. Moreover, it highlights Saudi Arabia’s role in shaping aviation’s future in the Middle East and globally.

Revolutionizing Air Travel

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This partnership could revolutionize air travel by harnessing the power of advanced technologies such as eVTOL, making it more efficient, accessible, and environmentally friendly.

This move is not only a win for the companies involved but also for Saudi Arabia and its ambitious Vision 2030. This alliance could stimulate economic growth, foster innovation, and propel Saudi Arabia to the forefront of the global aviation industry by bolstering the nation’s aviation ecosystem.

More Air Mobility Projects in Saudi Arabia

Saudia Flying Taxis

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Saudi Arabian Airlines is planning to transform the Hajj travel experience by implementing Flying Taxis to ferry pilgrims from Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport to Makkah hotels during the Hajj and Umrah seasons. 

Saudia, Saudi Arabian Airlines, has committed to acquiring 100 Lilium aircraft, which are electric vertical take-off and landing jets manufactured in Germany. 

These planes provide a solution with minimal carbon emissions and have the capacity to transport four to six passengers over a distance of 250 km. The introduction of this new service aims to cater to high-end guests seeking luxurious travel experiences.

Flynas and Eve Air Mobility eVTOL Flights

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Flynas and Eve Air Mobility partnered to introduce eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) flights in Riyadh and Jeddah by 2026. 

It was announced that an agreement had been reached between the two companies in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to investigate the potential of eVTOL flights in both cities. 

This initiative aims to bolster Saudi Arabia’s emerging aviation sector and contribute to achieving Vision 2030’s sustainability objectives.

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