Sikorsky, Qatar's Gulf Helicopters Sign MOU for Aviation Center of Excellence

The proposed Aviation Center of Excellence would provide maintenance support, spares, training and design/development services to Sikorsky, Gulf and other commercial and governmental aircraft owners and operators in the Middle East region.

Gulf Helicopters Co. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Qatar Petroleum, a company fully owned by the government of the State of Qatar. Gulf Helicopters has been providing helicopter services since 1970 and has worked with nearly all of the major oil, construction and survey companies throughout the Middle East, India and North Africa. Gulf Helicopters currently has operational bases in Qatar and India, where the company has long-term commitments.

Gulf has a diversified fleet of helicopters and are experienced in Offshore Operations VFR & IFR, Onshore Transport, Seismic Support, Load Lifting both Short & Long Line. A wide range of ancillary equipment is also available to meet with specific operational requirement.

Gulf Helicopters is currently flying approximately 17,668 hours per annum, its annual aviation revenue has grown over the years and its current turnover is approximately US Dollars 50 Millions per annum. Gulf Helicopters has recently been accredited with ISO 9001-2000 certifications by Intertek for Quality System for management of helicopter transportation, maintenance and associated services.

SOURCE Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.

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