The Helicopter Company (THC), which is fully owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia, has signed an agreement with Airbus Helicopters to purchase 10 H125 helicopters.

The deal is part of THC’s commitment to expand its fleet and introduce new services that meet market demand and support the development of the kingdom’s tourism and aviation sectors.

Considered a multi-task aircraft, the Airbus H125 can carry up to six passengers and be easily reconfigured to suit specific requirements. THC will use the new helicopters for scenic tourism and aerial work such as filming, banner towing and surveying.

“By signing this agreement, THC has taken a massive step in expanding its fleet and implementing its ambitious operational plan,” said THC CEO Capt. Arnaud Martinez.

“We are proud to be contributing to the advancement of Saudi Arabia’s tourism and aviation industries through our innovative air transport services that guarantee passengers a one-of-a-kind experience to relish the beauty of the kingdom from above.”

Ben Bridge, Executive Vice President of Global Business at Airbus Helicopters said the H125 was “the perfect helicopter” for developing commercial operations in Saudi Arabia because it was versatile and “particularly suited to hot and high environments”.

PIF established THC as part of its strategy to activate new sectors in Saudi Arabia that support the realisation of Vision 2030.

The kingdom’s first local commercial helicopter operator, THC has been offering private flights since mid-2019 and is now expanding its services with the addition of the H125 to its fleet.