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TAL takes delivery of AW139, set to change helicopter shuttle service business

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President/CEO, Baywood Continental, Emperor Baywood Ibe and Deputy Managing Director, Baywood Continental Limited, Empress Pat Baywood Ibe, flanked by Capt. Otu E. Ekpenyong and F/O Juwon Shodunke shortly after taking delivery of the AW139 helicopter in Lagos yesterday.<br />

Tropical Arctic Logistics Limited (TAL), a subsidiary of Baywood Continental Limited, has taken delivery of an AW139 helicopter for its shuttle service in the oil and gas sector of the Nigerian economy.

Last year, helicopter service operators in the country had a boom time on account of the temporary closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA), Abuja, for its runway repair.

The operators then deployed both charter and shuttle service helicopters for different categories of people and pockets, on various routes inwards Abuja.

Speaking to newsmen shortly after taking delivery of the helicopter, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Baywood Continental Limited, Emperor Chris Baywood Ibe, said the organisation is poised to change the dynamics of helicopter shuttle service in the country.

In his words, “with our track record of success in the oil and gas industry, we are poised to fill the yearning gap in the aviation industry as quality compromise has been the major challenge bedeviling it.

TAL came into the picture to bridge the gap in the industry in terms of quality service delivery, safety, professionalism with high degree of customer service delivery.

This helicopter is the first in our fleet to arrive as we hope to take delivery of two more AW139 helicopters, one S92 helicopter and a Gulfstream before the end of the year.”

He noted that the core operations of the company including, the provision of professional solutions in airborne area survey, transportation for oil and gas companies, offshore and onshore logistics support and helicopter charter services will be guided by the principles of integrity, safety and excellent customer service delivery.

Ibe said: “We have 100 per cent local content in our operations except for the technical support from Rose Aviation of Ireland; otherwise, our crews are all Nigerians. The Nigerian pilots as you can see flew this helicopter all the way from Denmark without issues.

We are confident and strongly believe in the ability of Nigerians to achieve success in all facets of human endeavor.”

The Chief Operating Officer of TAL, Prince Femi Adeniji was optimistic that TAL would make the difference in the industry as their ‘safety first’ attitude emphasizes on quality, excellent customer service, commitment and professionalism.

“While saying that the company utilises globally rated pilots and maintenance crew with over 150 years combined experience on the job, added that the company “is committed to the provision of safe, quality and healthy working conditions.”

According to him, “all levels of management are responsible and held accountable for providing a safe work environment through active leadership, procedures, training programme and communication.”


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