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History

1961

Héli-Union SARL was created by Jean-Claude Roussel, the President of Roussel laboratories who was mesmerized by the helicopter transport industry.

 

1962

Héli-Union made a close alliance with Hélicop-Air, and launched its first Oil&Gas mission in the Algerian desert to assure quick transits and sanitary evacuations with its Alouette II.

 

1963

First offshore mission with a Dutch company, Schreiner Airways for Oil Seismic Survey in the Wadden Sea.

 

1967

Héli-Union increased its range of services from Offshore/Onshore personnel transport for Oil&Gas producers, to television coverage of the 1968 Olympic Games in Grenoble.

 

During this decade, Héli-Union started to develop internationally by entering the Algerian, Senegalese, Dutch, Mexican and Canadian market for the first time.

1960

1972

Héli-Union became the major shareholder of Elitos, an italian aviation company.

 

1974

Héli-Union acquired its first twin-engine Puma SA 330 to help improve its Offshore/Onshore helicopter transport service

Héli-Union started to purchase shares of Air Gabon and became a major shareholder of Air Gabon until this day.

Héli-Union Helicopter school was established in Paris and Tarbes lourdes airport. Approved by the French Civil Aviation, It was a completely self-contained and fully equipped school with the latest instructional material.

Héli-Union entered the South American market for the first time using its Lama helicopter, by signing a contract with Total and Hispanoil in Bolivia.

 

1977

Héli-Union signed its second contract in South America with an American oil company, Exxon, via a local Brazilian associate.

 

During this decade, the rapid development of Héli-Union had opened enormous opportunities for the company to work in new countries: Myanmar, Gabon, Cameroon, Congo, Vietnam, the Philippines, Somalia, Yemen, Iraq, Tanzania, Libya, Tunisia, Greenland, Portugal, Italy, Bolivia, Brazil, Equator, Yugoslavia, Malta, Norway and the UK.

 

1970

1982

Héli-Union was one of the first companies to operate Dauphin N for offshore Oil and Gas activities.

 

1985

In collaborations with Conair, Héli-Union rented 6 of its Lama Aircrafts to the Civil Security Association (CSA). The purpose of this collaboration was to execute a water bombing service for the CSA.

 

1986

All the maintenance activities of Héli-Union were relocated from Issy les Moulineaux to Toussus Le Noble.

 

1988

Héli-Union assisted one of today’s most known motor suppliers, Turbomeca, by lending one of its fleet as a prototype to create a more functional version of s-76A, which then known as S-76A+.

 

1989

Héli-Union was one of the first Offshore/Onshore helicopter service providers that was experimenting with GPS (Global Positioning System) at the time.

 

During this decade, Héli-Union’s international reach had spread to an even larger market: Argentina, India, China, Brunei, Madagascar, Syria, Mauritania, Liberia, Equatorial Guinea, Togo, Angola, Adélie Land, Marocco, Thailand, and Greece.

 

1980

1994

Héli-Union Industry was established in Toussus le Noble.

 

1996

Héli-Union operational support service management moved from Issy les Moulineaux to Toussus le Noble.

 

1997

After 25 years of partnership, Turbomeca appointed Héli-Union operational support service as its station service, where Héli-Union performed deep revision and maintenance of Turbomeca’s turbine engines for civil helicopters.

 

Even after 30 years of service in the industry, Héli-Union did not cease to grow and had expanded its presence to: Russia, Spain, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Sicily, Italy, Malawi, Germany, Venezuela, Guyenne, and Peru.

 

1990

2000

Héli-Union decided to separate from its French subsidiary in order to focus on international offshore market.

2002

Héli-Union Training Center (HUTC) was created in Champniers, France.

 

 

2004

Héli-Union acquired 2 Super Puma AS332 L1.

2005

Héli-Union Acquired 10 Dauphin AS365 N3.

 

Héli-Union Acquired 2 EC145.

 

Héli-Union Training Center is now one of the most advanced training center specialized in educating pilots, technicians and engineers.2000

 

 

2009

2010

Héli-Union Industry expanded its reach in the African market by establishing an office in Nigeria.

 

2011

Héli-Union welcomed two EC 225 to its fleet.

 

2012

Héli-Union Training Center significantly improved its training facility by installing the only Dauphin N3 helicopter full flight simulator in Europe.

 

2013

Héli-Union Training Center purchased two Cabri G2 to support the Héli-Union cadet pilot training program.
Héli-Union announced the installation of a helicopter maintenance station in Pointe-Noire, Brazzaville.

 

2014

Héli-Union acquired the third EC225.

 

 

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2015

Héli-Union extended its fleet by purchasing six new generation intermediate twin-engine helicopters: AW139.

 

2016

Héli-Union utilised its newly acquired AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters to perform in its first offshore helicopter search-and-rescue (SAR) program in France.
Héli-Union relocated its headquarter from Paris to Toussus Le Noble.

 

 

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