Milestone Aviation and Airbus Helicopters will provide five H145s to Aramco Overseas Company, a subsidiary of the Saudi Aramco global petroleum and chemicals enterprise.
The five aircraft are sourced from Milestone’s orderbook with Airbus and are expected to be delivered to Aramco over the next 12 months. This latest lease commitment of five light-twin aircraft is on top of the 24 medium aircraft Milestone currently has contracted on lease to Aramco.
“Aramco’s trust in Milestone’s ability to deliver certainty of execution — coupled with our financial and technical capabilities — is greatly appreciated by our team.” said Milestone President and CEO Daniel Rosenthal. “We take pride in the fact that our long-term partnership approach to further assist Aramco with the introduction into service of their comprehensive medium and light-twin fleet renewal program now places Aramco as one of Milestone’s largest global customers.”
Compact in size, the H145 also boasts a large and flexible cabin, low maintenance costs, powerful engines and Helionix digital avionics suite, which make it popular for high-intensity operations such as offshore oil-and-gas transport. More than 200 H145s have been delivered to date and have collectively achieved more than 100,000 flight hours since 2015.
“We are pleased that Aramco has selected the H145 for its light-twin fleet renewal program in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which is a key and historic partner for Airbus and home to our subsidiary in the region,” said Airbus Helicopters CEO Bruno Even. “We also thank Milestone for enabling the introduction of the H145 to a new operator through their long-standing relationship with Aramco and their existing orderbook with Airbus. The H145’s proven technologies, availability, and cabin versatility are the perfect tools to meet Aramco’s demanding requirements as a global leader in oil and gas.”