Oman’s ASA to take delivery of 1st five-bladed Airbus H145 in Middle East

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Desk Reporter
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Oman’s first and only commercial helicopter operator, AL-Sharqiya Aviation (ASA) will shortly take delivery of its first Airbus H145D3 helicopter, leased from the Milestone Aviation Group Limited (Milestone).

According to the reports, this is not only ASA’s first five-bladed Airbus H145 but also the first to be delivered to a Middle Eastern customer. The new helicopter will boost ASA’s fleet expansion and enable Oman to provide reliable onshore and offshore passenger transport as well as Emergency Medical Aviation Services.

Ireland-based Milestone is also providing ASA with a number of training slots as well as a state-of-the-art Disaster Management Kit to assist them with the phasing-in of this new helicopter type into its fleet. The helicopter will complement ASA’s existing fleet and capabilities affirming ASA’s leading market position in providing commercial helicopter services in the Sultanate.

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“We are proud to have been selected by ASA as their leasing partner in this transaction. The H145D3 is a new type for ASA, which will provide them with a whole new level of helicopter capability and technology. The Milestone team has worked very hard to put together a tailor-made solution for ASA, a key differentiator for us. Milestone is pleased to start a long-term relationship with ASA, and we look forward to working closely with the team on the successful delivery of this brand-new helicopter to ASA later this year.”

Mr. Tariq Al Barwani, CEO of Al Sharqiya Aviation said, “Al Sharqiya Aviation is thrilled to be the first operator of the five-bladed H145D3 variant in the Middle East. The H145D3 complements our fleet perfectly and fulfills a variety of mission profiles which match our overall business development objectives.”

“We have been working closely with Milestone on this project and we are grateful to have Milestone as our leasing partner in this transaction where a certainty of execution is critical to delivering for our customers,” Mr. Al Barwani added.

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