Industry Pioneer. Global Leader. Defining the Future.
Throughout our history, we have evolved to envision and reach new horizons, from crop dusting in British Columbia, Canada, to the transporting passengers to the world's most remote offshore drilling locations. We trace our roots to Okanagan Air Services, a crop sprayer formed in 1947—the same year the first offshore oil well was drilled out of sight of land. Renamed Okanagan Helicopters and relocated to Vancouver, two years later the company developed the first skid (wheel) gear for helicopters, establishing itself as an industry innovator.
Okanagan's 1987 merger with two other operators—Toronto Helicopters and Sealand Helicopters—led to the creation of Canadian Holding Company, or CHC. Since then we have continuously expanded through a combination of organic growth and strategic acquisition into one of the largest commercial helicopter services companies in the world—and a leader in offshore transport, search and rescue, and emergency medical services.
In 1987 CHC became a public company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and later the New York Stock Exchange. In 1994 CHC merged with British International Helicopters and in 1999 acquired Norway's Helicopter Services Group — both of which also trace their heritage to 1947. CHC also acquired Lloyd Helicopters, one of Australia's largest operators in 1999.
In 2004, we defined distinct, complementary operating divisions: Helicopter Services and Heli-One. Heli-One is currently the world's largest independent helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider and holds certifications and expertise on a broad range of airframes and components from major helicopter and engine manufacturers. In 2008, CHC was taken private once again when it was acquired by First Reserve Corporation. In 2014, CHC again became a publicly-traded company, and was listed on the New York Stock Exchange with First Reserve Corporation remaining a significant shareholder. In 2014, the private equity firm Clayton Dublier and Rice made a significant investment in CHC.Throughout our history we have remained committed to providing customers safe, reliable and effiicient helicopter services and value to stakeholders. CHC is currently listed on the OTCQX market under the trading symbol HELIF.
CHC people on six continents are committed to protecting customers, colleagues, themselves and others they encounter while going about their jobs. More than one million people a year are carried by CHC aircraft and crews, every one of them accounted for in our determination to help them do more, go further and come home safely.