Helisul acquires Ecocopter to create new South American giant


By Vertical Mag | May 9, 2024

Brazilian operator Helisul Aviação has announced its acquisition of Chilean company Ecocopter, creating one of the largest helicopter operators in South America.

Founded in 1972, Helisul has a fleet of 58 rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft, and flies a wide variety of utility operations, including firefighting, powerline inspection, environmental protection, air medical transport, and aerial tours. Though headquartered in Curitiba, it has 26 hangars distributed throughout Brazil, as well as six FBOs, 15 fixed bases, and seven heliports.

Ecocopter was founded in 2003, and has its headquarters in Santiago, the capital of Chile. It has a fleet of 23 aircraft, which have become well-known throughout the helicopter industry for their striking liveries, created to promote a branch of science or landmark of scientific reasoning.

The Chilean operator provides aerial services including passenger and cargo transport, offshore operations, aerial construction, firefighting, powerline maintenance and air medical transfers.

In a press release announcing the acquisition, Helisul noted the synergies between the two companies, and said Ecocopter would provide it with access to the air services market in the Southern Cone of America.

“The acquisition of Ecocopter is part of the company’s expansion plan, allowing for safe and rapid growth,” said Humberto Biesuz, CEO of Helisul. “[This] will lead to expansion throughout the Latin American continent, initiating a multinational operation model unique in the sector.”

Marcelo Rajchman, corporate CEO of Ecocopter, said the two companies had a common vision regarding “responsible growth” in each market, with safety a primary focus.

“This initiative will benefit our clients, as we will be able to accompany them in their international projects, as well as offer them a larger and more diversified fleet of helicopters and airplanes,” said Rajchman.

The acquisition is subject to approval from stakeholders and the relevant authorities.