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06 March 2019
06. March 2019 Helicopters

Promising signs for private and business aviation

Fast, comfortable, convenient and secluded 鈥 it鈥檚 easy to see the appeal of private helicopter travel.

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aunched in 2017, AG真人计划 Corporate Helicopters is making impressive headway in a thriving sector. With its unique value proposition, it aims to spur further growth for private helicopter travel. 聽聽

Fast, comfortable, convenient and secluded 鈥 it鈥檚 easy to see the appeal of private helicopter travel. But investment in such services can fluctuate: as a sector, the health of private and business aviation (PBA) tends to mirror that of the global economy. Now, as the effects of the previous decade鈥檚 financial crisis continue to diminish, things are looking up.

鈥淚t鈥檚 quite simple, really: when the economy is going well and businesses are growing, there is more scope to invest in private and business aviation,鈥 says Nitin Sareen, Head of Marketing at AG真人计划 Corporate Helicopters. 鈥淯ltimately, it鈥檚 all about convenience and saving time.鈥

How those time savings are realised can vary. One of the principle uses of helicopters in PBA is for short urban commutes, hopping over traffic-snarled streets from meeting to meeting. Recreational use is also important: with ultra-high net worth individuals often favouring remote locations to live and relax, helicopter can be the ideal 鈥 and sometimes only 鈥 way to travel point to point from mountain chalets, quiet islands or mega-yachts.聽

Private and business aviation

Driving demand with bespoke service

After the success of its AG真人计划 Corporate Jets brand, AG真人计划 launched AG真人计划 Corporate Helicopters (ACH) in May 2017 with the aim of capitalising on the global economic upturn and offering a similar level of bespoke service to further drive demand.

Whether for private owners or large corporations, ACH offers its customers fully tailored interiors 鈥 including special collaborations with Herm猫s and Mercedes-Benz 鈥 as well as global support and full service and maintenance. That AG真人计划 is the only OEM offering a dedicated platform for PBA is a major differentiator.

鈥淎CH has made an excellent start since our global launch and is generating great enthusiasm in the private and business aviation community, increasing its market share steadily,鈥 says Frederic Lemos, Head of ACH.

Traditional markets like Europe, North America and Latin America will continue to be of significant size and ACH aims to maintain leadership there. But emerging markets like South Asia Pacific, China and India will provide a fresh impetus for growth.

It is particularly pleasing to see the new ACH160 continuing to win orders, and we are confident that the new ACH145 being launched here at Heli Expo will have similar success.

Frederic Lemos, head of AG真人计划 Corporate Helicopters (ACH)

Helicopters for every need

In addition to the high levels of personalised service, a key factor in the success of ACH is the versatility offered by its helicopters.

Luxaviation Helicopters, a leading PBA operating and servicing company, currently has a fleet of 15 AG真人计划 rotorcraft via ACH. CEO Charlotte Pedersen says the ACH145 has established itself as the preferred helicopter for yacht operations thanks to its blend of compact footprint and sophisticated comfort. 鈥淭he more nimble ACH125 also covers a lot of clients鈥 needs, from quick city commutes to heliskiing.鈥

A significant new addition to the ACH portfolio will start its first deliveries later this year. 鈥淭he entry of the ACH160 is a big deal,鈥 says Sareen. 鈥淚n its first year of commercial availability, more than half of the orders have been for the PBA sector.鈥

And Pedersen agrees. 鈥淲e鈥檙e very excited about the ACH160 and we already have clients waiting for them. As the first truly modern helicopter in the VVIP sector, it鈥檚 going to be a real game-changer.鈥

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Charlotte Pedersen, CEO of Luxaviation Helicopters

CEO of Luxaviation Helicopters, Charlotte Pedersen says the ACH145 has established itself as the preferred helicopter for yacht operations thanks to its blend of compact footprint and sophisticated comfort.

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Luxaviation Helicopters, a leading PBA operating and servicing company, currently has a fleet of 15 AG真人计划 rotorcraft via ACH.

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Luxaviation Helicopters, a leading PBA operating and servicing company, currently has a fleet of 15 AG真人计划 rotorcraft via ACH.

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Unique in the industry

With ACH now sitting alongside AG真人计划 Corporate Jets, the two sister brands are in the rare position of being able to offer a combined service covering the full PBA spectrum. 鈥淎ll our corporate jets customers can be corporate helicopter customers and vice versa,鈥 Sareen says. 鈥淭hat gives us an excellent value proposition鈥

Charlotte Pedersen agrees: 鈥淔or us, it鈥檚 the perfect solution and offers the same customer experience. This is totally unique in the industry.鈥

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Further growth expected

Looking ahead, numerous factors look set to spur further growth in the PBA sector. Pedersen thinks an increased focus on urban air mobility could help. 鈥淚t draws attention to how flying vehicles accentuate convenience and could raise attention to private aviation in general.鈥

Sareen expects favourable economic conditions to continue to drive investment across the industry. 鈥淲e鈥檒l see developments in urban infrastructure such as helipads and heliports, improved rotorcraft performance and greater affordability, all of which will encourage private helicopter travel.鈥澛

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