Royal Bhutan Helicopter Services Limited
Prime Minister, Tshering Tobgay inaugurated the launch of Royal Bhutan Helicopter Services Limited in Paro last November to mark Bhutan’s first rotary air support during emergency for public. Apart from emergencies, the helicopter will also be used to transport government officials and hire for private uses like transporting passengers, transportation of goods, sightseeing and emergency evacuations for tourists. The helicopter service will further be used in medical evacuation in airlifting critically ill patients from remote areas and address to distress calls like fires, floods and earthquakes.
This service is one of the political pledges of the ruling government People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and is inaugurated as a part of 60th birth anniversary celebration of His Majesty King Jigme Singye Wangchuck. The helicopter has a seating capacity of up to seven passengers and one pilot and can be equipped with a sling capable of lifting 1,500kgs that can be used to not only lift people but water as well for firefighting duties. The other new aircraft has just arrived the country in June, 2016.