GBR Helicopters Spreads its Wings Across Queensland
QLD, Australia – (News4us.com) March 25, 2013
GBR Helicopters has achieved a long term objective by securing major contracts with Telstra Corporation and MMG Limited (operator of Century Mine near Karumba).
This success is in line with the company’s business strategy to develop commercial operations across regional Queensland and the Torres Strait.
The establishment of an operational base on Horn Island in the Torres Strait and a focus on expanding the company’s commercial charter market were key objectives for GBR Helicopters’ new owners, Chris Cooper and Ian Johnson when they acquired the business in August 2010.
Managing Director, Chris Cooper said substantial investment and effort required to diversify GBR Helicopters’ business model from its tourism origins is now paying dividends.
“It is extremely satisfying to begin what we set out to and has provided a powerful start to 2013.”
“In bidding to secure the Telstra and MMG Limited contracts and fulfil the standards required, GBR Helicopters was able to leverage from its award-winning tourism operation to ensure comprehensive safety accreditation, quality management and aircraft as well as professional and highly skilled pilots and staff.”
Telstra’s agreement with GBR Helicopters is to provide Australia’s leading telecommunications company with aerial charter services across its key operating locations on the Cape York Peninsula, including Cairns, Cooktown, Weipa and the Torres Strait.
According to Mr Cooper, GBR Helicopters’ contract to provide aircraft support services to MMG Limited is effective for two years and entails regular aerial surveillance and support across Century’s mining and processing operation at Lawn Hill and Port facility at Karumba, on the Gulf of Carpentaria.
This expansion across regional Queensland and the Torres Strait and growth in commercial charter services has led to a substantial increase in the business’s staff. GBR Helicopters currently employees 18 pilots and has a fleet of 12 aircraft.
About GBR Helicopters
GBR Helicopters employs over 50 staff. Its company headquarters are located at Cairns Airport. The company also operates bases in the Cairns CBD, Port Douglas and Horn Island in the Torres Strait.
GBR Helicopters’ tourism division is the exclusive provider of helicopter services to the major Reef Cruise Operators including Great Adventures and Green Island, Quicksilver Cruises, Reef Magic and Sunlover Cruises – servicing their activity pontoons on the Great Barrier Reef.
As a result of these marine based activities, Great Barrier Reef Helicopters has earned the distinction of conducting the highest number of single engine offshore helicopter landings per annum – worldwide.
The Company’s Commercial operation provides services to a broad range of customers in a variety of industries and support roles including MMG Limited’s Century Mine, Telstra, Ergon Energy, Queensland Parks and Wildlife and the Department of Environment & Heritage Protection.
It is also contracted to provide 24 hour Marine Pilot Transfer services to operators of bulk carrier cargo ships navigating the Great Barrier Reef.
For more information, www.gbrhelicopters.com.au
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