GHC names copter after Attiyah; to buy 15 more in next 5 years
DOHA GULF Helicopters Company (GHC), a Qatari joint stock company in which Qatar Petroleum is the largest shareholder, will acquire 15 new helicopters in the next five years, its Chief Executive Officer Mohamed I al Mohannadi told Qatar Tribune on the sidelines of the launch of its latest helicopter AW139 at a formal ceremony held at its headquarters on Tuesday.
GHC also honoured Chairman of the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority His Excellency Abdullah bin Hamad al Attiyah on the occasion by naming its new addition, AugustaWestland 139, after him in the presence of a host of dignitaries including Minister of Energy and Industry HE Dr Mohammad bin Saleh al Sada.
The naming of AW139 after Attiyah was in recognition of his valuable contribution to GHC’s growth over the years and his strong support to the company’s essential services to Qatar’s oil and gas industry. The AW 139 has a cruise speed of 158 knots; it can carry up to 15 passengers plus two crew members; and it has a range of up to 568 nautical miles.
Mohannadi said, “The addition of the new helicopter to GHC’s fleet takes its strength to around 40. This is the last of the consignment of 14 helicopters for which we placed orders with the Italian company AugustaWestland in 2007. We have signed a fresh contract with AugustaWestland this year for 15 more helicopters.” “The ordered AW 189 helicopters are the latest in AW series and slightly bigger than AW 139. The delivery of the helicopters is expected to start by the end of 2014 and end by 2017,” he added.
Speaking on the occasion Attiyah said, “I have been associated with Gulf Helicopters right since its inception 33 years ago. I have seen it grow from a rental, three-helicopter fleet to a fleet of 40 helicopters fully owned by Qatar. I am happy about its growth.” “GHC is currently one of the leading helicopter operators in the Middle East region, with its overseas operations extending to Saudi Arabia, India, Yemen, Oman and Libya. It also boasts of certified European and the US standards, excellent maintenance facility as well as fully equipped training and simulation centres,” he added.
Sada, who is also Chairman and Managing Director of QP, thanked Attiyah for his support to the GHC since he joined its board of directors in 1977. He noted that the company grew tremendously under the chairmanship of Attiyah with the strength of its fleet going up from three in 1977 to 20 in 2010.