BAN's World GazetteerBrazil
Líder Aviação, the Brazilian full service executive aviation company, showed growth in all its areas of operation in 2022. Among the main drivers of this expansion was its helicopter operation unit for the oil and gas industry, which had a 50 per cent increase in the number of contracts. In addition, the company expanded the aircraft fleet of this business unit by approximately 30 per cent. “We also inaugurated a new base that went into operation in the state of Rio de Janeiro at Farol de São Tomé in December last year,” points out COO Junia Hermont.
Líder's helicopter operation unit for the oil and gas industry operates in offshore and onshore air transport, aerial inspection of power transmission lines and pipelines, air medical transport and helicopter chartering, carried out by a specialised and qualified team, since these air operations take place in isolated locations and require a high level of expertise.
“We made investments of around US$10 million this year to increase and diversify of this operation even more,” explains Junia.
As for aircraft chartering, Líder added three more aircraft to its fleet in 2022: two more HondaJets, which join the company's existing one, and an Airbus H145 helicopter, known for its operational efficiency and safety and, in this version, offering more in-flight comfort. In chartering, in addition to the HondaJet and the H145, the company offers options to serve all types of operations, from short flights and landing on asphalt, dirt or grass runways to international flights, which require aircraft with greater autonomy. Among the models it operates, there are HondaJet, Hawker 850XP, Phenom 100 and 300, Premier IA, Learjet 40 and 45 and King Air B200GT and C90.
Another area that stood out was sales and acquisitions, with 20 aircraft sold from June 2021 to the end of 2022. “We follow the world market, which showed a 150% increase in purchase and sale transactions of both new and used aircraft compared to the pre-pandemic period,” says Anderson Markiewicz, aircraft sales director. In 2022, there was also the launch of the HondaJet Elite II by Honda Aircraft, of which Líder is the exclusive representative in Brazil, and which should contribute to an increase in sales in 2023.
With the greater flow of international flights in executive aviation, Líder's ground handling service has also shown a strong tendency to increase demand. “When it comes to serving international flights, for example, Líder Aviação recorded a growth of 20 per went in the first half of 2022 compared to the same period in 2019, the last pre-pandemic year,” details Cynthia de Oliveira, director of Lider Aviacao's airport service.
“This comprehensive performance in executive aviation makes the company maintain its solidity of 64 years of history and the balance to continue investing in innovation, maintaining excellence and safety in our services,” concludes Junia. “We are proud of our achievements in 2022 and are ready to fly higher in 2023.”