Omni Helicopters and Omni Blu Aviation announce joint venture for Nigerian offshore ventures

NHVs H175 OffshoreOmni Helicopters International S.A and Omni Blu Aviation Ltd have signed a strategic deal. (Image source: Adrian Sotomayor/NHV)It has been announced today (1 February) that Omni Helicopters International S.A, the parent company of Brazil's leading offshore aviation specialist Omni Taxi Aéreo S.A, and Omni Blu Aviation Ltd, the independent provider of aviation services in Nigeria, have signed a strategic alliance to launch, promote and develop Omni Helicopters Nigeria 

Omni Helicopters International S.A and Omni Blu Aviation Ltd have signed a strategic alliance to launch, promote and develop Omni Helicopters Nigeria. Omni Helicopters Nigeria will make use of Omni Helicopters International's technical expertise, access to aircraft and track record in safety and operating performance, as well as Omni Blu's local capabilities and strong service reputation.  The joint venture, which is crafted to meet the more demanding OGP standards in offshore aviation as well as local content requirements in Nigeria, aims to create a solid source of safe and reliable service for the Nigerian oil and gas market, one of the world's most developed with 60 helicopters in use.

Captain Sunny Adegbuyi, Managing Director of Omni Blu, stated “This alliance is great news for Nigeria and a welcome development for her economy, as well as the aviation and O&G sectors. At a time when aviation companies are divesting and pulling out of the industry, OHI has demonstrated its faith and confidence in the aviation policy of the present administration, carefully crafted and piloted by the Hon. Minister of State (Aviation) Senator Hadi Sirika, as fully endorsed by the President, Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR.  We are delighted to partner with one of the world's best helicopter operators at a critical time for Nigerian offshore aviation.  We aim to meet the rising demands of this market with a unique balance of operational strengths and local content.  We have known the founders of OHI for two decades and hold them in high esteem. OHI's achievements in Brazil, the world's fastest-growing offshore aviation market, are testament to the capabilities of our partner.”

Cpt. Rui Almeida, the founder of Omni Helicopters International, commented “We are excited to join forces with Omni Blu in the development of a safe and reliable offshore aviation market in Nigeria.  The current situation In Nigeria is similar to the environment we found in Brazil in 2006, when tightening regulations and substantially upgraded demands from oil and gas clients offered opportunities to new entrants.  We succeeded by transferring know-how, granting access to assets and empowering local excellence.  We are familiar with Nigeria, having operated there in the past, and understand the standards of oil and gas clients, having serviced many of these clients in Brazil already.  We share the ethos and ambitions of our valued partner Omni-Blu, and are confident that this alliance will truly make a difference to the Nigerian offshore aviation market.”

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