British International Helicopters (BIH) was a British airline that specialized in helicopter services. It was established in 1986 and operated passenger and cargo transportation, search and rescue missions, and offshore oil and gas operations support.
BIH was known for its expertise in providing helicopter services in challenging environments, such as offshore platforms, remote areas, and harsh weather conditions. The airline operated a fleet of various helicopter models, including the Sikorsky S-61 and the Eurocopter AS332 Super Puma.
The primary operations of BIH included transporting personnel and supplies to offshore oil and gas platforms, conducting search and rescue operations on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, and providing helicopter charter services for a variety of purposes.
In 2007, BIH was acquired by CHC Helicopter, a global helicopter services company. As a result of this acquisition, BIH became a subsidiary of CHC and continued to operate under the CHC branding. However, in 2012, CHC announced the closure of its BIH operations due to challenging market conditions.
Although the British International Helicopters airline no longer exists, its legacy lives on in the form of its past operations and contributions to the helicopter services industry in the United Kingdom.