|Hubs||Juhu Aerodrome, Mumbai|
|Secondary hubs||Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi|
|Focus cities||Mumbai, New Delhi|
|Frequent-flyer program||Flying returns|
|Airport lounge||Maharaja Lounge|
|Alliance||Star alliance (affiliate)|
|Company slogan||Your own helicopter palace in the sky.|
|Parent company||Air India limited|
|Headquarters||New Delhi, India|
|Revenue||₹538.15 Crores (2014-15)|
|Net income||₹38.31 Crores (2014-15)|
Pawan Hans Limited is a helicopter service company based in New Delhi, India. Pawan Hans is a Mini Ratna-I category PSU. It has cumulatively flown more than 7 lakh hours and has had 25 lakh landings on its fleet since its formation. The operations are based at the Juhu Aerodrome in Vile Parle (West), Mumbai. Other than providing helicopter services to ONGC to its off-shore locations, this public sector company is often engaged for providing services to various state governments in India, particularly in North-east India, Inter-island ferry services in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, for last 26 years service to Lakshdweep Administration in ferrying people from Islands to Kochi Intl airport and inter-island services. These are considered as backbone of Lakshadweep and Minicoy Islands which are far flung from Indian shores extending up to 400–500 km into Arabian sea, Vaishno Devi Helicopter service for devotees. Service to BSF and Maharashtra Police for Medical and Logistics support in event of maoist attack on troops.
Pawan Hans was incorporated on 15 October 1985 as the Helicopter Corporation of India (HCI), the country's national helicopter company with the objective of providing helicopter support services to the oil sector for its off-shore exploration operations, services in remote areas and charter services for promotion of tourism. It is a government owned enterprise with 78.5% in government hands & 21.5% with ONGC. ONGC has upped its stake to 49% recently, a move that will see the equity base of PHHL being enhanced to ₹245 crore from the existing ₹113 crore.
The corporate office is located at Noida with regional offices at Delhi and Mumbai. The company has a net worth of ₹3,701.5 crore and equity capital is ₹113.7 crore. Pawan Hans is "Approved Maintenance Centre of Eurocopter" and also the first ISO 9001: 2000 certified aviation company in India.
It offers helicopter services for -
- Off-Shore operations
- Inter-island transportation
- Connecting inaccessible areas
- Customs and pipeline surveillance
- Casualty and rescue work
- Charter services
- VIP transportation
- Film shooting and aerial photography
- Flower dropping and other
- Customised services.
Pawan Hans fly to various points in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Sikkim, Nagaland, Odisha, West Bengal, and also to MHA Guwahati in Assam. While Meghalaya state is suspended. Meghalaya resumed its service on 26 July 2012, Mukul Sangma, the chief minister of Meghalaya, took a personal ride in the helicopter to check if it is resumable or not.
- Aizawl - Lunglei
- Aizawl - Kolasib
- Aizawl - Serchhip
- Aizawl - Champhai
- Aizawl - Khawzawl
- Aizawl - Lawngtlai
- Aizawl - Saiha
- Aizawl - Chawngte
- Aizawl - Mamit
- Kolkata - Cooch Behar
- Durgapur - Asansol
- Durgapur - Haldia
- Siliguri - Darjeeling
- Kolkata - Siliguri
- Kolkata - Durgapur
- including Malda
The fleet includes:
|Bell 206 L4||3|
|AS 350 B3||2|
It also operates & maintains 6 HAL Dhruv helicopters belonging to Border Security Force and Hindustan Aeronautics
Accidents and incidents
In 2011, PHHLs operations in the North Eastern States of India came under serious public criticism due to safety issues. After the crash that killed the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Dorjee Khandu and five others, it operations in the North East region were suspended and DGCA was asked to conduct safety audit of the company. The operations were resumed in January 2013. But yet another accident took place on 4 August 2015 killing 3 people on board, including an IAS officer.
- On 22 Sept 2004, Meghalaya Community and Rural Development Minister Cyprian Sangma, two MLAs and a former Deputy Speaker were killed when a Pawan Hans helicopter A 365N crashed near Shillong.
- On 6 August 2010, a Pawan Hans crew member fell 10,000 feet (3,000 m) to his death at Namsai in Arunachal Pradesh, while trying to close a door of  that had flung open during a flight.
- On 16 Dec 2010, a Pawan Hans Dauphin 365 N3 helicopter crashed at Chandigarh Airport, leaving the pilots injured.
- On 19 April 2011, a Pawan Hans Mil Mi-17 on a flight from Guwahati to Tawang crashed in a gorge and caught fire, whilst trying to land near Tawang. Out of 23 people on board, 17 were killed in the crash, while two more succumbed to burn injuries later.
- On 29 April 2011, a Pawan Hans AS350 B-3 helicopter carrying Dorjee Khandu, the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, and four other people, went missing. It was traced four days later near Lobthang. All five people were found dead.
- On 4 August 2015, a Pawan Hans Dauphin N3 twin-engined chopper carrying Tirap Deputy Commissioner Kamlesh Kumar Joshi, a 2010 batch IAS officer, and pilots M S Brar and Rajeev Hoskote crashed killing all its occupants.
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- "ONGC raises stake to 49% in Pawan Hans". Business Line. 2010-12-28. Retrieved 2011-03-16.
- Routes served
- "MIZORAMA HELICOPTER SERVICE TUR CHIEF MINISTER IN HAWNG". Mizoram DIPR. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
- "Fleet Details". Pawan Hans Helicopter Limited. 23 December 2010. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
- "First Indian seaplane service launched". Zee News. 2010-12-27. Retrieved 2011-01-23.
- "Will government overhaul Pawan Hans?". IBN Live. 4 May 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
- Pawan Hans Directors Report Page 2 31 December 2005 Pawan Hans
- Minister, MLAs among 10 dead in Pawan Hans chopper crash
- FINAL INVESTIGATION REPORT ON ACCIDENT TO M/S PAWAN HANS HELICOPTERS LTD MI-17 23 June 2011 DGCA
- ACCIDENT WATCH: Chopper crew falls to death from 10000 feet « News from Darjeeling, Dooars & Sikkim
- FINAL REPORT ON ACCIDENT TO PAWAN HANS HELICOPTER LTD . DAUPHIN 365 N3 4 June 2011 DGCA
- Chopper crashes in Chandigarh airport, pilots injured
- "Chopper crashes minutes before flying Punjab minister". The Times of India. 17 December 2010.
- "Pawan Hans chopper crashes in Arunachal, 17 dead". The Times of India. 19 April 2011.
- Helicopter with 23 on board crashes in Arunachal Pradesh : India: India Today[dead link]
- Wreckage of Arunachal Chief Minister's Chopper, three bodies found: Sources
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