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OAS Helicopters Boosts Offshore Capabilities with Swift AW-139 Acquisition for Nigeria’s Oil & Gas


Odengene Air Shuttle Services Ltd (OAS Helicopters), a prominent offshore and allied services company, has revealed the acquisition of a new 2023 model Leonardo AW-139 helicopter. 

This 15-seat medium-sized twin-engined aircraft, originally AgustaWestland AW139, is crafted by the Anglo-Italian manufacturer, now part of Leonardo.

Marketed for various roles, including VIP transport, military applications, offshore services, firefighting, law enforcement, search and rescue, emergency medical service, disaster relief, and maritime patrol.

In a statement, OAS Helicopters shared that the helicopter has already arrived in Nigeria and will be dedicated to offshore services for a major Exploration and Production (E&P) company in the country.

The company highlighted the remarkable speed of the acquisition and delivery, stating, “Despite the initial agreement for a six-month delivery timeline, our financial and technical prowess, along with support from our industry partners, facilitated the procurement and delivery of the Leonardo AW-139 within an impressive three-month period. A noteworthy achievement, especially considering the challenges faced by other regions with substantial back-orders.”

“It is also necessary to share with you the short story behind its acquisition and timely delivery to Nigeria. At agreement, OAS consented to provide the aircraft within six months of contract signing. But due to financial and technical capacity we and our technical partners have mustered and deployed in the industry over the years, this aircraft through the manufacturers, Leonardo, was procured and delivered in Nigeria within three months (90 days). A feat not common nowadays with Saudi Arabia multiple aircraft back-orders running in upper tens.

“We are aware of the oil and gas industry scope and desire to expand their operations in Nigeria at this critical business moment in our country, and we think it might be necessary to inform you that we have the capacity to provide you, on short notice, this type of oil and gas worldwide most reliable workhorse, straight 7-ton, helicopter – AW-139,” the company said.

Acknowledging the growth in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry, OAS Helicopters emphasized their readiness to meet the industry’s demands promptly, offering the AW-139 as a reliable workhorse with a seven-ton capacity.

OAS Helicopters, recognized for its efficiency, safety, and extensive experience, stands as a leading indigenous helicopter company, serving as a multi-services provider in the sub-sector.


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