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BIH is proud to have built an 18-year partnership with the UK Ministry of Defence supporting operations in the Falkland Islands, as well as delivering a combined SAR and Support Helicopter service to the British Forces South Atlantic Islands operations as part of Team AAR. Our tailored fleet of helicopters are flown by some of the most capable and experienced pilots in the skies, many with military experience, to deliver a logistically-superior helicopter service.

British Forces South Atlantic Islands

BIH provides helicopter support to the Falkland Island Garrison. There are two S61N helicopters based at Mount Pleasant Airfield in the Falkland Islands with a full complement of pilots, aircrew and engineers. The role of the aircraft is to provide the military garrison with helicopter transportation of both personnel and equipment throughout the Islands.

In April 2016, BIH commenced a major contract to operate combined Search and Rescue (“SAR”) and Support Helicopter Services in the Falklands for 10 years. The contract, serviced by BIH together with AAR Airlift and Air Rescue Services, has a total contract value of £180m and marked a world first through the introduction of the AW189 to search and rescue operations.

Royal Navy

For more than a decade, BIH has operated the Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) helicopter support programme for the Royal Navy through HMS Raleigh and the sea training areas it manages as well as Joint Maritime Courses in Plymouth and off the west coast of Scotland.

We also operate two AS365N2 helicopters providing support for Royal Navy at Newquay Airport where BIH has a comprehensive Technical Services and Operational base. This includes the movement of personnel and materials for missile flying ranges and the recovery of targets from the sea. 


BIH supports various Royal Navy and NATO exercises using specially equipped S61 helicopters to meet military requirements including passenger and freight transfer services and transfers by hoist, for ships exercising both in the Atlantic and the North Sea.


An 18-year partnership with the UK Ministry
of Defence supporting operations in the
Falkland Islands.