Gulf Helicopters Company
Originally incorporated in 1970 under the name of Gulf Helicopters Limited as a subsidiary of British Overseas Airways Corporation, the company was subsequently acquired by Gulf Air, and then sold to Qatar Petroleum in 1998. QP transferred its 100% shareholding to GIS in 2008. GHC has 2 subsidiaries, Al Maha Aviation Company, in which it owns 92% of the shares and effective control over the remainder, and Redstar Havacilik Hizmetleri A.S., in which it owns 49% of the shares and effective control over the remainder. GHC also has a 36% investment in a joint venture in India, United Helicharters Private Limited, and owns 49% investment in another joint venture in Malta, Gulf Mediterranean Aviation Services. GHC’s authorised and issued share capital is QR 66 million.
The registered head office is located at Ras Abu Aboud Street, P.O. Box 811, Doha, State of Qatar. Total headcount is 413, split between operations, engineering and administration.
GHC holds an Air Operators Certificate issued by the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority. GHC is recognised by the United States Federal Aviation Authority as an approved repair station and as a maintenance organisation by both the European Aviation Safety Agency and the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority. GHC, through its Libyan subsidiary Al Maha, is registered with the Libyan Civil Aviation Authority. Within Qatar, GHC operates as the sole provider of helicopter transportation services. GHC is also an EASA Part 147 approved Maintenance Training Organisation.
GHC’s core operational activities consist of a variety of helicopter transportation services, including offshore / onshore transporting, long- and short-line load lifting, seismic support, VIP executive transport, and ad-hoc short-term contracts. Remaining revenue consists of residential rental income, simulator training, sale of spare parts and third party aircraft and component maintenance.
GHC currently operates a fleet of 48 helicopters. Of these, 23 are twin-engine Agusta-Westland 139 and 189 helicopters, which can carry between 12 and 15 passengers, 20 twin-engine Bell 412 and 212 class helicopters, with a seating capacity of 13 persons , 3 Bell 206 class helicopters with a seating capacity of 6 persons and 2 Sikorsky S-92 helicopters configured for VVIP use. It’s Turkish subsidiary Redstar Aviation owns a fixed wing Learjet 45 aircraft.