INVESTMENTS IN FLEET AND AFFILIATES
We approach the globally fragmented business of helicopter services to the offshore energy sector with broad perspectives – focussing on dynamic trends and best practices in management – while preserving a long-term orientation to the requirements of each local market. We expand our aircraft fleet based on selective planning and coordinated delivery processes, taking into account the specific needs of our targeted markets as well as those of our local affiliates. We take great care to identify promising helicopter operators with a like-minded culture, and profitable growth prospects that can benefit from a partnership with us. When we invest capital in local operators we work in earnest to strengthen such affiliates’ market position by granting them durable access to the latest aircraft technologies as well as support in safety technical, operational, organizational and financial management.
A clear example of this approach is the success story of Omni Taxi Aéreo S.A. (OTA), Brazil’s largest helicopter services operator to the offshore industry by fleet size, for which OHI has been a strategic partner since OTA’s greenfield foundation in 2001: since the introduction of North Sea-standard audit and appraisal systems by Petrobras in 2006, OTA has consistently outperformed its competitors by scoring top-ranking marks in the audits, and growing its average fleet and revenues at CAGRs of 19% and 36% through 2015.
OHI manages a fleet of 57 helicopters:
8 Light aircraft
40 Medium aircraft
9 Heavy aircraft
This mix reflects the early–stage development of the oil and gas sector in Brazil and OTA’s market position. In line with the evolution of that market, the mix will change in the near future as OHI takes delivery of a number of medium, super-medium and heavy aircraft which are currently on order. The fleet managed by OHI is only a part of the aircraft fleet operated by our affiliates, which also utilise operational leases of third party-owned helicopters to serve their customer contracts.
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