B.C. Company wins Contract to Refurbish Sultan of Johor’s helicopters
A leading B.C.-based helicopter maintenance company has been awarded a contract to upgrade helicopters for Sultan of Johor, Malaysia, further solidifying B.C as a leader in the rotary wing sector.
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Heli-One, the world's largest independent provider of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, signed the contract during a three-day visit by His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar in late April 2016.
Heli-One will design, certify, and install a new glass cockpit on two Sikorsky S-76 B helicopters owned by the Sultan In addition to the new cockpit design, which includes an upgraded flight display, Heli-One will be installing a new VVIP interior, applying custom livery paint work, and will perform all maintenance tasks due on the helicopters. The Delta, B.C.-based company will also provide flight crew and maintenance technician training for the new equipment.
This is the second recent contract with Malaysia awarded to Heli-One. On April 20, 2016, the
company announced a new agreement to upgrade the Sikorsky S-61 helicopter fleet for the
Royal Malaysia Air Force in partnership with AIROD, Malaysia’s leading aviation maintenance,
repair and overhaul centre.
During his visit, the Sultan toured several other notable B.C. aerospace firms, including Conair Group, Cascade Aerospace, Viking Air and Harbour Air in Vancouver, with the Ministry of International Trade providing support throughout the visit.
"I was greatly impressed by what I saw on my tour of the aeronautical facilities in B.C. The
quality and cutting-edge technology is among the best in the world. I also wanted to clearly
demonstrate my commitment to furthering ties between our two states. What better way to
kick start the relationship than with an investment and an endorsement,” he said.
British Columbia’s rotary-wing sector has developed a worldwide reputation for its specialized
knowledge in MRO services, pilot training and the development of supplemental type certificates that enable helicopter operators to maximize the safety and performance of their aircraft. As the use of helicopters continues to increase in the Asia-Pacific region, B.C. is well-positioned to support this growth with its well-established ties in the region; this includes our new new trade and investment offices in the Philippines and Indonesia.
For more information on opportunities in British Columbia’s aerospace industry or to learn more about our services contact one of our international trade and investment representatives.
Posted on: July 21, 2016