United Arab Emirates helicopter company, Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA) has completed steps to invest in the Nigerian economy by joining forces with indigenous aircraft charter operator, OAS Helicopters.
ADA’s 15-seater full offshore equipped helicopter, AW-139, with registration number A6-AWH, arrived at the at OAS new Terminal at the Port Harcourt Airport on Thursday
Confirming the partnership to newsmen in Lagos, ADA’s Representative, Kevin Den Hertog, said the company had always wanted to invest in Nigeria but had been looking for a reliable partner which had been in helicopter operations for over a decade.
He said : “With the level of implementation on the proposed business plan so far, we are quite confident that OAS and ADA partnership will enrich the Nigeria oil and gas aviation.
“Important to our success over the years has been an ever increasing engagement with strategic partners worldwide in the formation of healthy joint ventures that support oil and gas exploration in the deepest possible offshore with impeccable safety records.”
Also speaking, the company’s Nigeria operations Lead Pilot, Capt. Westwood James, said ADA and OAS technical partnership was structurally designed to guarantee and deliver credible, safe and stable services in Nigeria oil and gas aviation.
On his part, the Managing Director of OAS, Capt Evarest Nnaji, said the practical kick off of the partnership had started with the arrival and the physical presence of ADA crew and equipment in Nigeria.
Nnaji said : “We looked at ADA’s capacity to play at the highest echelons in the oil and gas aviation support, and their ability and willingness to build and transfer know-how in all the other international environments where they operate.
“We concluded that not only is ADA valuable to huge business profitability, but that they are equally reputable for reliable and consistent long term business relationship.
“Their safety record, volume of investment and ability to deliver excellent services even in the most difficult environment speaks for itself.”
He added that the airline’s huge desire to provide services that meet the best possible international standard for Nigeria oil and gas aviation was the main driving force in the relationship with ADA.