IAI, Brook Aviation Ink MoU on Helicopter Transport Collaboration

The deal is expected to meet rising demand, including among the defense establishment, for helicopter flights within Israel

IAI helicopter maintenance line. Photo: IAI

Israel Aerospace Industries said on April 19 that it signed a memorandum of understanding with Brook Aviation for collaboration on helicopter flights.

In a press release, IAI said the recent closure of Sde Dov Airport in Tel Aviv has intensified the need for air transport solutions for customers from central Israel to a range of destinations nationwide.

IAI’s strategic location and extensive experience in aircraft and helicopter maintenance positions it well to support the provision of flights as well as maintenance, repair, and overhaul services, according to the company.

Brook Aviation, an international company that provides aviation services to the private and public sectors, is to be responsible for providing and flying the helicopters. The collaboration will provide flights for high-profile passengers and the needs of the defense establishment, as well as expand the availability of flights to offshore oil and gas rigs, IAI said.

Brook Aviation leverages extensive experience in military and civilian aviation and maintains a strategic relationship with leaders in the aerospace industry. The company’s commercial focus is on providing offshore helicopter flights to oil and gas rigs on the eastern side of the Mediterranean, as well as outsourcing for public sector organizations, according to the press release.

Gil Peleg, CEO of Brook Aviation, said, "The strategic collaboration with IAI is an important milestone for Brook Aviation as part of the establishment of helicopter flight infrastructure in Israel."

"The agreement with IAI is the latest in a series of strategic collaborations meant to offer the highest level of service in line with international standards. Brook Aviation looks forward to tapping the potential of helicopter flights in Israel and the added value that our collaboration with IAI will provide to the Israeli market."

IAI EVP and head of IAI's Aviation Group, Yossi Melamed, said, "IAI Aviation Group welcomes the collaboration with Brook Aviation. With our excellent capabilities, including helicopter MRO, blade and transmission refurbishment, avionics suites, and helicopter upgrades according to customer specification, the collaboration with Brook will add a new level to our MRO operations."

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