Twenty five years ago, NHV Group officially began helicopter operations from Ostend, Belgium. Co-founders Eric Van Hal, Jef De Kinder and William Wilford have seen the company grow from a family business to an international group with over 500 employees and a strong geographic presence in Europe and western Africa.
NHV’s main focus is on the energy-producing industry, including the renewables sector. Its scope of work also includes maritime services, search and rescue (SAR) and harbour pilot services. Aside from the helicopter operations, NHV is an approved training organisation (ATO) and an official service centre for Airbus Helicopters. It also provides maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) solutions, offering extensive third-party maintenance services to a variety of civil and military clients in addition to supporting its own fleet. The group has a multipurpose high-value fleet of over 40 helicopters.
CEO Thomas Hütsch says: “We are very proud to celebrate this organisational milestone. From humble beginnings, starting with one base in Ostend, we have since made phenomenal development to achieve our leading position in the helicopter market. Despite the oil and gas crisis, the pandemic and major regulatory changes caused by the UK leaving the EU, our employees are the ones that have helped to shape NHV Group to be the successful company that it is today. We look forward to the next 25 successful years of safe flight operations.”
To commemorate the achievement of 25 years of continuous expansion, NHV will be running a celebratory campaign with a special company-wide commemorative event, a social media campaign to capture its historical events plus a commemorative video to consolidate its achievements.