Officials at the signing of the agreement. Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA) has signed a five-year contract for two AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters to support oil and gas operations and transport in Angola. The contract, signed with Best Fly Aircraft Management, took place in Luanda, Angola, and the delivery of the aircraft was in Italy.

The move is a part of ADA’s efforts to expand its presence in the global arena. “Sixty per cent of the company’s operations is with the oil and gas companies in and outside the UAE,” said Mark Pierotti, Director of Commercials in Abu Dhabi Aviation. “Yet, a part of ADA’s strategy is intended to launch its operations in many regions around the world, especially the Mediterranean, Africa, Asia, and South America.”

ADA, one of the largest helicopter companies in the world, operates aircraft for oil and gas, military search and rescue, police air wing, and VVIP transport. The company has been expanding the size of its fleet and currently has operations in Zambia, Spain, Malaysia, and Nigeria. “Subsidiaries of Abu Dhabi Aviation, such as Royal Jet for private aviation, Maximus for air cargo, and the Abu Dhabi Aviation Training Center (ADTC) are working in clear harmony to achieve the company's strategic goals,” said Pierotti.

Ashraf Fahmy, CFO of Abu Dhabi Aviation states, “Abu Dhabi Aviation carefully selects its overseas partners based on professionalism, honesty, integrity, ambition and drive for expansion and growth. I had the pleasure of meeting Bestfly’s owners and directors in person in the UAE and I am pleased to say that the meeting was a testimony of these qualities. At ADA, we focus on long term relationships with our partners for the mutual success of our companies. I look forward to witnessing the success of our partnership with Bestfly and to our expansion in Angola and elsewhere."