Bond Helicopters Australia celebrates launch
Bond Helicopters’ latest subsidiary in Australia provides offshore helicopter services to the energy industry in Australia.
Bond Helicopters Australia celebrated its launch with federal and state officials, oil and gas companies and other guests at a ceremony at Darwin International Airport, which begins flight operations in November.
Earlier this year, Bond Helicopters Australia announced its first major contract in the region, a multi-million dollar, five-year contract with the PTTEP Australasia Group of Companies (PTTEP), part of Thailand’s national petroleum exploration and production company.
Bond will start by supporting PTTEP’s Timor Sea operations with three Eurocpter AS332L helicopters. These aircraft will be replaced in 2014 by three new build Eurocopter EC225 helicopters ordered in September this year. The operations will fly from Mungalalu-Truscott airbase in Western Australia.
John Boag, managing director of Bond Helicopters Australia, said: “I am thrilled to be launching Bond in Australia, and I look forward to continuing to build our offshore business in such an exciting market. We are determined to deliver the highest standards of safety and quality to our customers. I can’t wait to start flying.”
Richard Mintern, regional CEO Avincis, Northern Europe and Asia Pacific, said: “Avincis believes the needs of the growing Australian offshore industry are best understood by an Australian management team. Our team has more than 100 years of combined local experience, supported by the global resources and operational and safety expertise Avincis has built through four decades of serving the offshore oil and gas industry in Europe.”