Bristow Group Affiliates and Joint Ventures
In addition to its wholly owned international operations, Bristow Group maintains service agreements and equity interests in helicopter operators in Brazil, Canada, Egypt, Turkmenistan and Russia (Sakhalin). These joint ventures allow Bristow to extend its range of services into new and developing oil and gas markets. International partnerships also allow Bristow to provide a lower cost structure in some operating areas.
Líder Aviação is the largest provider of helicopter and corporate aviation services in Brazil. Lider operates 47 helicopters and 28 fixed wing aircraft. The company offers helicopter service, maintenance, chartering, ground handling and aircraft sales. Lider has a network of more than 20 bases throughout Brazil. Its largest client is Petrobras. Bristow owns 42.5 percent of Lider.
Petroleum Air Services (PAS) provides helicopter and fixed-wing transportation to the offshore energy industry in Egypt. PAS operates 45 aircraft from multiple locations in the region. Bristow owns 25 percent of PAS. The balance is owned by Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation.
Bristow Helicopters (Nigeria) Limited, an affiliate of Bristow Group, is a major player in the Nigerian oil and gas industry and has been in operation more than 40 years. During the last eight years, Bristow Helicopters Nigeria has ventured into deepwater helicopter services with a commendable safety record.
Pan African Airlines (Nigeria) Limited (PAAN) is 100 percent Nigerian owned, with Bristow having transferred its shares into Nigerian ownership. PAAN's headquarters is located at Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, with customer bases in Warri and Escravos.
BGI Aviation Technical Services (BATS) provides aviation engineering and technical services to the Nigerian aviation market. BATS headquarters is at GRA Ikeja Lagos, and a service office is located at the General Aviation Area of Murtala Muhammed Airport, including a fully equipped heavy maintenance hangar and management offices. In Port Harcourt the company has a full maintenance hangar in addition to its support facilities. BATS also operates from customer bases in Warri, Calabar, Eket, and Escravos.
Russia (Sakhalin Island)
Aviashelf Aviation Co. supports gas projects on Sakhalin Island on Russia’s east coast, providing helicopter transport services to oil and gas projects, as well as flights on request of enterprises, institutions, individuals and official and diplomatic missions. The company also provides helicopter transportation services to remote regions and performs emergency medical services, search and rescue operations at sea, and forest fire fighting. Aviashelf operates Mi-8MTV-1 and Mi-8t helicopters. The major shareholder of the company is the Bristow Group.
Turkmenistan Helicopters Limited (THL) provides helicopter services to an international oil and gas company from a single location in Turkmenistan. Bristow owns 51 percent of THL.