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EDITOR IN CHIEF- ABDULLAH BIN SALIM AL SHUEILI

ASA's new chopper to support expansion, drive aerial tourism

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MUSCAT: Oman’s Al Sharqiya Aviation (ASA), part of the Mohammed Al Barwani Group, recently welcomed its latest addition, the Airbus H145D3 helicopter, marking a significant milestone in the company's MENA expansion. This third addition to ASA’s growing fleet holds the potential to not only enhance their services across various industries but also contribute to the burgeoning field of aerial tourism.


The journey of the new H145D3 from Airbus' German headquarters to Muscat, skillfully piloted by ASA’s captains, included multiple stops to assess its performance in diverse climates, ensuring both safety and operational readiness. The helicopter's arrival in Muscat was met with warmth by ASA and MB Group staff, including Chairman Dr Mohammed al Barwani.


Ahlam al Jahdhami, CEO of Al Sharqiya Aviation, expressed pride in the team's accomplishments, stating, “In 2021, we were thrilled to become the first operator of the five-bladed H145D3 variant in the Middle East. Now, we are proud to build on our success and kick-start an ambitious expansion program, providing the safest, fastest, and most reliable service to clients across various industries, including energy, telecom, medevac, and Emergency Medical Services (EMS).” Captain Tamer Gendy, Chief Operating Officer of ASA, highlighted the collaboration with Airbus to ensure the helicopter adheres to the highest safety standards and is fully IOGP compliant for both offshore and onshore oil and gas operations. He noted, “This addition is top of the line and will significantly enhance our capabilities.” With its Air Operator Certificate received in 2020 and the Accredited Maintenance Organization Certificate in 2023, ASA aims to not only unlock the potential of various industries in the MENA region but also contribute to the growth of aerial tourism by providing faster and more reliable transport options.


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