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Heli-Union Partners With Bestfly for Improved Oil and Gas Ops in Angola

By Amy Kluber | September 21, 2018
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Heli-Union and Angolan business aviation provider Bestfly have formed a partnership to bring oil and gas transportation services to Angola.

Heli-Union has been providing helicopter services to global oil and gas companies for the past 57 years, including 20 years in Angola. Its global fleet comprises 40 aircraft, including Airbus Helicopters EC225s, AS365 N3s, EC145s and AS332 L1s, Leonardo  AW139s, and Sikorsky S-76C++s.

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This partnership consolidates Heli-Union's operations in Angola by allowing Bestfly to serve that market. Bestfly was founded in 2009 and provides aircraft management, handling, provision of hangar space, operational and flight-planning support services out of Luanda Airport.

“We are proud of and strongly believe in this new partnership with Bestfly," said Jonathan COSSON, deputy managing director of Heli-Union. “With Bestfly’s local knowledge and experience, Heli-Union will be able to reinforce its presence in Africa, especially in an emerged oil and gas market like Angola. Together, we thrive on being the best aviation service provider in Angola.”

The partners will deliver several helicopters to begin operations over the next few months.

Angola is a member of Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). In August 2018, the nation produced a total of 1,448 thousand barrels of crude oil per day in OPEC's latest monthly oil market report. Almost 75 percent of its oil production comes from offshore rigs, according to a July 2017 report from the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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