CASE STUDY: HÉLI-UNION
Héli-Union was founded in 1961 and has since developed an impressive reputation as one of the leading global providers of helicopter services, such as onshore and offshore helicopter transport, helicopter maintenance and pilot training for both civil and government organisations.
Héli-Union’s expansion into the South-East Asian market required additional helicopters for their offshore oil and gas operations. LCI was able to provide a next-generation helicopter model to support their growth.
Héli-Union required support for their growing offshore activities with their clients in South-East Asia. Their clients within the oil and gas industry – joining an impressive roster including TotalEnergies, PETRONAS, and PTTEP – required commercial air transportation services for their offshore drilling rigs.
Héli-Union’s clients needed a long-range helicopter that was highly durable in order to meet the rigours of servicing offshore rigs. A lease agreement was signed with LCI to deliver a new, state-of-the-art Leonardo AW139 helicopter to bolster their existing fleet.
LCI’s highly experienced experts worked closely with Héli-Union to provide a solution that supported their wider fleet strategy. The Leonardo AW139 is a versatile, modern, twin-turbine, medium category helicopter which can accommodate up to fifteen passengers. Since its launch into the market, the AW139 has become the aircraft of reference for offshore activity.
LCI provided an aircraft under a lease agreement, allowing Héli-Union to service their range of offshore clients.
Héli-Union is now better able to provide air transportation services to the offshore drilling rigs of their clients. So much so, that during the course of the initial lease, Héli-Union extended the lease contract given the success of the operation. Héli-Union has since signed three long-term contracts with TotalEnergies, PETRONAS, and PTTEP which make use of the new aircraft.
Patrick Molis, President and CEO of Héli-Union, says: "Adjusting our fleet strategy and leasing this custom-fitted, next-generation aircraft has equipped us to make the most of opportunities for growth in the region. We are delighted to be working with LCI who have been highly responsive, and extremely supportive of our requirements. We look forward to further developing our relationship over the coming years.”
"Adjusting our fleet strategy and leasing this custom-fitted, next-generation aircraft has equipped us to make the most of opportunities for growth in the region."