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Helitrans buys up shares in Icelandic rotary firms
Helitrans owns and operates 26 helicopters at 15 locations in Norway. It also has a flight and helicopter school in Sweden. Its latest move is to buy up Þyrluþjónustan, the organisation behind Helo and Rekjavik Helicopters.
Helitrans has 18 Leonardo AW09 helicopters on order, ready to join the fleet.
Read this story in our May 2023 printed issue.

Norwegian helicopter operator Helitrans has bought all the shares in Þyrluþjónustan ehf, the company that owns Icelandic rotary operators Helo (Helicopter Service of Iceland) and Reykjavik Helicopters. The seller is Narro, which is owned by Fjölvars Darra Rafnsonar, Rafns Alfreðssonar and Þorláks Runólfssonar.

Helitrans AS was founded in 1990 and is one of the largest helicopter companies in the Nordics. The company owns and operates 26 helicopters at 15 locations in Norway. It also has a flight and helicopter school in Sweden. The company’s head office is at Værnes Airport in Trondheim.

Ole Christian Melhus, managing director of Helitrans AS, says: “Helitrans has good knowledge of the Icelandic market after good cooperation in recent years with Icelandic operators that offer heliskiing and sightseeing flights. I also see great growth opportunities in the Icelandic helicopter market, as Iceland is a popular destination for tourists. Many have put Iceland on their bucket list, as the country offers fantastic nature. I am also excited to be able to offer Icelandic businesses the opportunity of professional helicopter services, as our pilots have good experience in transporting heavy loads and laying electrical cables for the power industry in Norway.”

Fjölvars Darra Rafnsonar, chairman of the board of the Icelandic helicopter company, says: “Helitrans’ purchase of Þyrluþjónustan is a big step into the future of helicopter operations for our employees and customers in Iceland. Helitrans is planning big things in Iceland. The last few years have been exciting, but also challenging in operation, and I am grateful for our excellent employees and customers.”

Helitrans has 18 Leonardo AW09 helicopters on order, which will be deployed on the Norwegian and Icelandic markets in line with the company’s expansion plans.