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PhilJets, through its mother company Starline Global Industries, has confirmed one more brand new helicopter order during the 2018 Singapore Airshow.
PhilJets, which became Airbus Helicopters largest operator in the Philippines in 2017, has successfully taken delivery this January of its first H145 and its seventh H130.
Following these additions, PhilJets marked its entry into the twin-engine helicopter market and is looking at expanding in this segment.
The Manila-based, fast-growing business aviation operator that celebrates its five-year anniversary this month has taken advantage of the Singapore Airshow to confirm its additional order of another brand new H130, the eighth H130 of PhilJets’ fleet that will increase its capabilities to further develop the chartering, heli-tours and VIP transport services.
PhilJets will then count a fleet of 11 helicopters and three business jets under its operations of more than US$90 million in value, with the aim to add three more aircraft within the year.
“Our objective is to reach a fleet of 22 aircraft,” said Thierry Tea, chairman and CEO of PhilJets. “We plan to reach our target in the next two to three years. Eventually we are aiming for 20 helicopters and 10 business jets.”
Attentive to the demand of its customers, PhilJets is eyeing more capabilities in the light-engine segments for its next additions to the fleet, focusing more on acquiring twin-engine aircraft in the next three years.
“Business Aviation has been growing in the Philippines and PhilJets has been a strong advocate both locally and regionally,” said Tea. “This year, once again, we come to Singapore looking to conclude some acquisitions and partnerships during the airshow, as it is a great platform for Asian operators, OEMs, and industry players to exchange during these intense trade days.”
Furthermore, the new helicopter responds to PhilJets’ segment that flies to top destinations such as Palawan, Baguio and Isabela. It can accommodate up to six passengers with its comfortable seating configuration. The newest H130 is expected to be available for charter services soon.
Concisely, the expansion of PhilJets is constant in 2018 with more aircraft acquisition as it reaches half a decade of operations. In celebration of its five-year anniversary, new products and services will be launched in the market which are to be anticipated for the whole year, commencing with an order for another H130.