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AL-Sharqiya Aviation to take delivery of first five-bladed Airbus H145 helicopter in the Middle East, leased from Milestone Aviation

Muscat, 1st July 2021 – AL-Sharqiya Aviation LLC (“ASA”), the first and only commercial helicopter operator in the Sultanate of Oman, announced today that it will shortly take delivery of its first Airbus H145 helicopter, leased from the Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”). Not only is this the first five-bladed Airbus H145 for ASA, but it is also the first to be delivered to a customer in the Middle East.

The addition of the new helicopter will support ASA’s fleet expansion and will enable the provision of reliable onshore and offshore passenger transport and Emergency Medical Aviation Services throughout the Sultanate of Oman. The helicopter will complement ASA’s existing fleet and capabilities affirming ASA’s leading market position in providing commercial helicopter services in the Sultanate of Oman.

Milestone is also providing ASA with a number of training slots and a state-of-the-art Disaster Management Kit to support them with the phasing-in of this new helicopter type into its fleet.

Mr Tariq Al Barwani, CEO of AL-Sharqiya Aviation, said, “AL-Sharqiya Aviation is thrilled to be the first operator of the five-bladed H145 in the Middle East. The H145 complements our fleet perfectly and fulfills a variety of mission profiles which match our overall business development objectives. We have been working closely with Milestone on this project and we are grateful to have Milestone as our leasing partner in this transaction where a certainty of execution is critical to delivering for our customers.”

Michael York, Head of Emerging Markets at Milestone, said, "We are proud to have been selected by ASA as their leasing partner in this transaction. The five-bladed H145 is a new type for ASA, which will provide them with a whole new level of helicopter capability and technology. The Milestone team has worked very hard to put together a tailor-made solution for ASA, a key differentiator for us. Milestone is pleased to start a long-term relationship with ASA, and we look forward to working closely with the team on the successful delivery of this brand-new helicopter to ASA later this year.”