HAI reports: Airbus agrees 120-helicopter deal with THC


THC has agreed to buy 120 Airbus helicopters to be delivered over the next five to seven years.

Airbus has agreed a 120-aircraft deal with The Helicopter Company (THC) of Saudi Arabia. The framework deal – including firm orders for eight H125s and 10 H145s converted options from an earlier contract – specifies delivery over the next five to seven years.

The latest agreement brings THC’s firm orders from Airbus Helicopters to 60, with 25 aircraft already in service. The new H125s will support THC’s aerial work and tourism, while the H145s will be deployed on a variety of missions including emergency medical services (EMS) and corporate transport.

Bruno Even, CEO, Airbus Helicopters said the manufacturer’s partnership with THC began with a contract for 10 H125s in 2020. “Since then, it’s gone from strength-to-strength, moving beyond just helicopters to also look at how we can help pave the way for the use of sustainable aviation fuel [SAF] in the region,” he said.

Arnaud Martinez, CEO, THC said the deal would solidify the company’s position as a global player and regional leader. “The agreement will enable us to both contribute to the kingdom’s Vision 2030 goals through strengthening Saudi’s aviation sector whilst also meeting the changing needs of our growing customer base, both locally and globally,” he said.

Established as part of Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF)’s strategy, THC currently operates 47 aircraft deployed on a range of missions including: EMS, aerial work, private charters and tourism in the country. Last year the company took delivery of its first ACH160 for Red Sea Global tourism flights.

Meanwhile, German HEMS operator DRF Luftrettung and Airbus Helicopters have agreed orders for up to 10 H145 aircraft. This includes seven firm orders and three options. 

Both deals were revealed at the HAI Heli-Expo 2024 event in Anaheim, California.