CHC LLC: Helicopter announces new 12-year contract with Department Fire and Emergency Services, Western Australia May 25, 2022 Read more

PERTH, AUSTRALIA, May 25, 2022 – CHC Helicopter is pleased to announce a new 12-year contract with the Department Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), Western Australia, to provide 24/7 emergency rescue helicopter operations.

Vince D’Rozario, CHC’s Regional Director for Asia-Pacific, said, “We are honored to have been awarded this contract. This award reinforces the strong partnership with DFES, established over the past 19 years. Our specialist teams have worked tirelessly, diligently and with great pride to ensure the highest standards of service and the delivery of a safe and reliable operation.”

He added: “The new contract includes the supply of three new Leonardo AW139s, built to DFES specifications. CHC will transition personnel and aircraft from Bell 412s to AW139s, as all aircraft will arrive by the end of 2023. ”

CHC Helicopter President and CEO David Balevic said: “CHC has a longstanding relationship with DFES, serving the people of WA for nearly two decades. Their decision to continue working with CHC is a testament to the hard work, dedication and exceptional safety standards.”

Michael York, Head of Emerging Markets, Milestone Aviation, said, “We are delighted to further strengthen our partnership with CHC with the financing and leasing of three AW139 helicopters. Milestone’s experienced team worked closely with CHC to bring this transaction to a successful conclusion and we are proud to be part of the solution to provide modern emergency rescue helicopters to the people of Western Australia.”

The new AW139s will have a 75% increase in range over current helicopters and will be able to cruise 16% faster to reach more Western Australians than ever before. The new aircraft will be fitted with the most advanced sensors, systems and aero-medical equipment of any rescue helicopter in Australia, including the latest generation search and rescue radar.

Built in Italy, their custom interiors will be built and installed in Perth, creating local jobs and advancing the WA aerospace industry. The aircraft will also have the capability to broadcast live emergency footage in progress to DFES commanders on the ground.

With over 40 years in business in Australia, CHC provides an extensive helicopter transport service to the oil and gas industry, as well as search and rescue, emergency medical and maintenance services, repair and overhaul, to help our customers go further. , do more and get home safely.


For over 75 years, CHC Helicopter has provided safe, reliable and cost-effective helicopter service in some of the world’s most remote and harsh environments. With extensive experience transporting customers in the oil and gas industry, supporting search and rescue and EMS contracts, and providing maintenance, repair and overhaul services, our dedication to safety and our reputation for quality and innovation helps our customers go beyond what they thought possible. CHC Helicopter has been operating in Australia for over 40 years providing oil and gas passenger transfer, search and rescue and emergency medical recovery services.

About Milestone

Milestone Aviation Group, an AerCap company, is the world’s leading helicopter leasing and financing company. Milestone partners with helicopter operators around the world, offering a wide range of financial and productivity solutions, including operating leases, purchase/leaseback, secured debt financing, engine rentals and fleet advice. The company supports more than 40 customers in more than 35 countries serving a variety of industries, including offshore oil and gas, search and rescue, emergency medical services, police surveillance, mining mining, firefighting and other public service missions.

About AerCap

AerCap is the world leader in aircraft leasing with one of the most attractive order books in the industry. AerCap serves approximately 300 customers worldwide with comprehensive fleet solutions. AerCap is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (AER) and is based in Dublin with offices in Shannon, Miami, Singapore, Amsterdam, Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, Seattle, Toulouse and other locations around the world.

Sue Fay

Director, Global Communications

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