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Gulf Helicopters

Gulf Helicopters is one of the leading helicopter operators in the Middle East.


Originally incorporated in 1970 under the name of Gulf Helicopters Limited as a subsidiary of British Overseas Airways Corporation, Gulf Helicopters Company QSC 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 one subsidiary, Al Maha Aviation Company, in which it has a 92% stake and effective control over the remainder, a deemed 36% investment in an associate, United Helicharters Private Limited (incorporated in India), and one branch office located in West Sussex, United Kingdom.  The company’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 341, split between operations, engineering and administration.

GHC holds an Air Operators Certificate issued by the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority.  The company is recognised by the United States Federal Aviation Authority as an approved repair station and as a maintenance organization 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 and is currently in the process of applying for an Air Operators Certificate.  Within Qatar, GHC operates as the sole provider of helicopter transportation services.

The company’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, helicopter emergency medical services and ad-hoc short-term contracts.  Remaining revenue consists of residential rental income and income from its UK procurement branch.

GHC owns 35 helicopters and has under its registration two helicopters for the beneficial ownership of the Supreme Council of Health, State of Qatar.  The majority of these helicopters are twin-engine Bell 412 or 212 class helicopters, with a seating capacity of 13 persons.  The company also has 12 twin-engine Augusta Westland 139 helicopters, which can carry between 12 and 15 passengers, and one single-engine Augusta-Bell 206 that can seat three passengers.

For more information, please visit the Gulf Helicopters website.