The National, Friday June 21st, 2013
PAPUA New Guinea company HeviLift, 50% owned by landowners in the country, has broken into the Indonesian and Asian market successfuly.
A proud Mineral Resources Development Company (MRDC) managing director, Augustine Mano, and HeviLift managing director Paul Booij, showed the company’s assets to The National in Jakarta on Tuesday.
MRDC owns part of HeviLift, with one of the largest fleets of aircraft and with more than 90 staff members in Asia.
The company’s fleet includes fixed and rotary wing aircraft
“We have more than 50 aircraft in Asia,” Booij said.
“We now operate in Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. It’s all resource-driven.
“So far, the growth of Hevi- Lifot has been encouraging but we couldn’t have achieved this without the support of Augustine Mano and MRDC.
“We see opportunities not only in Indonesia, but throughout south-east Asia and we’re looking at
promoting HeviLift as an employer of choice.
“We run training programmes in every country that we operate in and we’re encouraging young people to join our industry.”
Mano said Hevilift was far ahead of its competitors in the aviation industry throughout the region.
“We are one of the first companies to move out of our comfort zone.
In the next five years, we’ll be one of the leading helicopter companies in the region.
“We started off very small, but in less than two years, we doubled our fleet. That shows our growth.”