Gulf Helicopters Company (GHC) Joint Venture in Turkey since 2014, Redstar Aviation (RSA), has been announced the “Air Ambulance Company of the Year” by the International Travel & Health Insurance Journal (ITIJ).
The ITIJ Awards celebrate the extraordinary efforts of companies from across all sectors of the travel and health insurance industry and are designed to recognize and reward companies that are demonstrating resilience in the face of adversity, innovation during challenging times, and leadership through best practice.
The prestigious awards were revealed on a ceremony held in Athens on Thursday 27th October, at the finale of the 30th annual Global conference of the International Travel & Health Insurance Conferences (ITIC). Following Redstar’s first time submission and nomination as a finalist amongst two fellow nominees, the judges awarded Redstar Aviation as the Air Ambulance Company of the Year. Upon announcing Redstar Aviation as the winner, the judges stated the following: “This company has shown its ability to emerge from the pandemic with more capabilities and invested in its fleet and staff to ensure high quality services can be provided to insurance and assistance companies worldwide.”
About Gulf Helicopter Company
Gulf Helicopter Company is a subsidiary of Gulf International Services Q.P.S.C. The Company has been providing helicopter services since 1970 and operates throughout the Middle East, India, North Africa and Europe. Gulf Helicopters has its own in-house maintenance facility with a team of highly qualified and experienced engineers undertaking helicopters maintenance on airframe and engines for Gulf Helicopters Fleet and for third parties, modification work and third level maintenance activities on helicopters components.
About Redstar Aviation
RedStar Aviation (RSA) is one of the leading and most experienced aviation service providers not only for Turkey but also for Europe and MENA region.
Having commenced her air ambulance operations in 1989, as being one of the pioneering organization in Europe, RSA has evolved to be a globally recognized air ambulance service provider within the industry. Whilst RSA’s core business is to provide air ambulance services, the past three decades have seen RSA excel in a wide spectrum of services, helping to develop tailor-made solutions for the unique needs of its clients. In this regard, RSA has developed skills to provide: Off-shore Support Services, VIP Charter Services, Medical Escort Services, Heli-skiing Support Services and many other unnamed services.
Our Affiliates Air Ocean Maroc -Air Ambulance has been awarded a new contract by Confederation of African Football (CAF) to provide round the clock fast jet air ambulance service to the 2021-22 CAF champions league Tournament.
The business was won in the face of a fare stiff competition and will run for the entire tournament period taking place in Douala, Cameroon, from Sun, Jan 9, 2022 – Sun, Feb 6, 2022 offering Air Medical services for participants, Staff and organizers.
To deliver the services, Air Ocean Maroc has repositioned a fully intergraded Hawker 800XP with lates technology and state of art equipment's along with most of its experienced pilots and Medical-crew.
Air Ocean Maroc CEO, Mr. Mohammed El Masaoudi, said: "It's a major boost for the company to win this very significant Air Ambulance contract, and an endorsement of the quality of the services we provide as an EURAMI certified Air Ambulance Operator.
"Competition for this contract was intense. We had to demonstrate a pricing and quality of service to get across and be able to satisfy the rigorous scoring criteria.
"We are delighted to have been awarded the 2022 CAF Tournament's contract. this prestigious award represents another major milestone in our strategic ambition to achieve Our Vision to be Africa's number 1 leading Air Ambulance provider."
GHC received HAI Operator Safety Award plaque for 2016 and 2017.This is further to the award GHC received in 2015.
Gulf Helicopters AW139 Fleet has passed 100,000 hour milestone
HAI Operator Safety Award 2019
Sofema Aviation Services (SAS) has entered into a Business Partner Agreement with Gulf Helicopters Company to act as SAS’s representative and intermediary to market the EASA compliant regulatory training courses and vocational training courses.
This partnership will facilitate Open Training Sessions and In-company training sessions in line with the requirement of the clients.
Gulf Helicopters Company is able to address your training requirements and is able to conduct the courses either at our Training Academy Premises or at other suitable venue.
The list of courses offered are available under other Training Course
Kuwait Air Show 17th - 20th January 2018
Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland announced today that the AW139 intermediate twin and the AW189 super medium twin helicopter fleets operated by Gulf Helicopters of Qatar have set two major milestones. Seventeen AW139s used for offshore operations have now achieved 75,000 flight hours while four AW189s have exceeded 1000 flight hours in longer range Oil&Gas support missions.
Gulf Helicopters is a prime player in the helicopter service market in the Middle East and is benefitting from the advantages of the AgustaWestland’s Family of new generation helicopters. The AW139 and AW189, together with the AW169 light intermediate, all possess the same high performance flight characteristics and safety features whilst sharing the same common cockpit concept and design philosophy. This approach delivers real cost savings in areas such as training, maintenance and support for operators having two or three of the models in their fleets.
Mr. Mohamed Al Mohannadi, CEO of Gulf Helicopters stated “We are looking to expand our global presence not only for our core business of helicopter operations but also for our engineering and training capabilities. We are continuing to work with AgustaWestland and other OEMs to complement their efforts in providing efficient services with regard to engineering and training support”.
Gulf Helicopters first ordered the AW139 in 2007 for offshore transport missions as part of its fleet renewal and expansion plans. Gulf Helicopters is also an AgustaWestland authorized service centre for AW139s and also one of the first helicopter companies to have its own AW139 full flight simulator to support its own operations and for third party use. Additionally, Gulf Helicopters was established as an AgustaWestland Authorised Training Centre for the type in September 2013. The operator has a total of fifteen AW189s on order and the relevant training activities will also benefit from the purchase of an AW189 EASA CS-FSTD(H) FFS Level C Simulator from AgustaWestland.
Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. (P&WC) has expanded on-wing mobile repair team (MRT) capabilities and line maintenance options for operators of its PT6T, PT6C and PW207E helicopter engines in the Middle East. P&WC’s Customer Service Centre – Europe is welcoming Gulf Helicopters Company (GHC), as a Premium Service.Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. (P&WC) has expanded on-wing mobile repair team (MRT) capabilities and line maintenance options for operators of its PT6T, PT6C and PW207E helicopter engines in the Middle East. P&WC’s Customer Service Centre – Europe is welcoming Gulf Helicopters Company (GHC), as a Premium Service
24-OCT-2014 >> Gulf Helicopter has successfully introduced the AW189 into our International Offshore Fleet
GHC received HAI Operator Safety Award plaque for 2014 and 2015. This is further to the award GHC received in 2013.
Turkish operator Redstar has taken delivery of a Learjet 45XR, which it will use for VIP transportation. The company acquired its first LR45 last February for medical work. General manager Emre Dursun says that demand for the first unit was high: "Everything was going very well with it so we decided to invest in a second one. After researching the market extensively we agreed that this aircraft was the right one for our purposes. We are an air ambulance company and we were looking for an aircraft to be used in this way.
"However, some of our customers asked us if we would use this machine for VIP charter. Fortunately for us we signed a contract before the aircraft was introduced into service to provide charter flights for one of our customers within Turkey and the wider region. So our original intention to use this aircraft as an air ambulance is not what actually happened."
The second Learjet will predominantly be used for VIP and its finish and interior will suit this role. Dursun indicates that he will now be looking for a third aircraft of the same type to support Redstar's ambulance flights and grow the VIP charter side of the business.
"We had ordered stretchers that could be fitted in the aircraft," he continues. "However, based on demand in the market we are using this aircraft for VIP purposes and won't be installing the stretchers. Air ambulance demand will be covered by the addition of a third aircraft, which we hope will happen three to six months down the line."
Gulf Helicopters Company in Qatar has been a shareholder in Redstar since 2014, and as part of its growth strategy Redstar will look to introduce helicopters into service. "The type of helicopter hasn't been determined yet but that's also in our plans; we want to bring our fixed wing operations to a stable level and then start building capabilities for rotary," concludes Dursun.
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GHC’s diversified fleet and engineering capabilities offer cost effective solutions to meet its Clients’ challenging requirements with a focus on Safety & Performance.
Whether the requirement is Offshore or Onshore, GHC’s Fleet of 41 Helicopters are configured to the highest standards to perform a multitude of task including Logistical Support, Seismic, Under-slung, Photo, VVIP Transportation and Medical Support.
In 2008, Gulf Helicopters Company joined forces with Gulf International Drilling and Al-Koot Insurance Companies as Gulf International Services (GIS), becoming a public shareholding company on the Doha Securities Market (DSM).