• Helicopter Resources has been operating in Antarctica for 40 years. (Helicopter Resources)
    Helicopter Resources has been operating in Antarctica for 40 years. (Helicopter Resources)

Rex Group has forged an alliance with Tasmanian operator Helicopter Resources to bid for a service contract in Antarctica.

Under a joint venture agreement announced yesterday, Rex Group will act as the primary contractor in the bid, with Helicopter Resources as a sub-contractor to supply services.

The joint venture has been formed in response to a Request for Information (RFI) the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) has released ahead of a tender later this for four twin-engine helicopters to provide services in Antarctica and off the research vessel RSV Nuyina.

Cambridge-based Helicopter Resources has a current contract with the AAD, and has been flying over the ice for 40 years, amassing 35,000 hours on the frozen continent in support of several international Antarctic programs.

“There is no other helicopter operator with as much experience operating in the Antarctic," said Rex’s Antarctic Project Manager, Craig Martin.

"Heli Resources has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to safety and reliable delivery of helicopter services, earning the trust of the AAD after decades of Antarctic operations.

"The Rex Group cannot have hoped for a better partner for the complementary helicopter capability elements anticipated in the tender."

Helicopter Resources Chairman and MD, Bill English said the company was thrilled to join forces with Rex Group in the joint venture.

"With Heli Resources’ extensive experience we are confident that together with Rex, we will deliver a helicopter solution of exceptional quality and reliability," he said.

"This partnership marks a significant milestone for both companies, and we are eager to leverage our expertise to support the AAD’s vital missions in this unique and challenging environment."

Helicopter Resources operates a fleet that includes H125s, AS350 Squirrels, Bell 212s and Kawasaki BK117s.

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