AVIATION startup PhilJets Group on Wednesday said it has placed a new order for two additional H130 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters Southeast Asia, a subsidiary of Airbus Group, as it looks to grow its aviation tourism fleet in the Philippines.
In a statement, PhilJets said it made the order this September and chose the H130, a lightweight helicopter tailored for passenger transportation, sightseeing, aerial survey as well as medical airlift.
These helicopters will be operated by PhilJets Aero Charter Corp, the group’s air transport subsidiary.
“With these new acquisitions, PhilJets Group is strengthening its fleet size that will reach 7 helicopters with 6 under its AOC – the Air Operator Certificate,” PhilJets chief executive officer and founder Thierry Tea said.
“Thanks to these upcoming helicopters, the company will be able to expand and develop new regional offices throughout the country, aiming at Davao and Cebu, in order to respond to the increasing flying demand in these areas,” Tea added.
Since its inception in 2012, PhilJets has been pursuing its growth and its objective to develop aerospace, aviation and tourism in the country.
PhilJets expects delivery in October of a new H130 helicopter, previously ordered in January. It will be PhilJets’ fiftth helicopter under its AOC fleet and its fourth brand-new H130 under operations.
With five Airbus helicopters in its fleet, and the upcoming deliveries of the two additional H130 choppers, Tea said PhilJets is positioning itself as a solid player looking at long-term growth.
“While we started from scratch… we are happy to have been able to add strong experienced aviation professionals that came back from overseas–Angola, Singapore, Thailand, for example– to the team,” he said.
PhilJets also fosters local tourism by developing new helicopter tours and flying offers, with some of them from Davao and Cebu to highlight the natural scenic wonders of the country.
PhilJets Group includes PhilJets Aero Services Inc. and PhilJets Aero Charter Corp. Its range of activities include general aviation services, ground handling, aircraft management, aircraft sales, spare parts sales, maintenance services, technical support, and related services.