Sonangol, in a statement to which VerAngola had access, says that it is an 'Augusta Westland 139' helicopter.
"Sonangol received, last Thursday, June 1st, in the Italian city of Milan, an Augusta Westland 139 helicopter, a means of reinforcing Sonair's rotary wing fleet", reads the note.
According to the oil company, the helicopter "is modern, very sophisticated, with a maximum capacity of 12 seats", intended for the "core activity of the company dedicated to supporting the oil industry in the country".
Jorge Vinhas, administrator, who officially received the helicopter, considered the acquisition of the device "a strategic investment and a commitment by" the state oil company with "continuous modernization and improvement", says the statement.
Cited in the note, the official indicated that "Sonangol and Sonair are committed to providing superior quality services to operators in the Oil & Gas sector in Angola".
Thus, he added: "The Augusta Westland 139, with its cutting-edge technology and advanced features, will strengthen our ability to offer innovative and efficient solutions to meet the growing demands of this dynamic sector."
Jorge Vinhas also highlighted the fact that it is a device built in line with the company's concerns with sustainability, as it "incorporates technologies that reduce environmental impact and carbon emissions, which is in line with our values of social and environmental responsibility".
In turn, Alfredo Caputo, CEO of Sonair, said that the acquisition of the helicopter expands the fleet and, consequently, competitiveness, as well as "also reinforces its presence in the offshore market, which is our main activity and, naturally, creates greater job diversification".
"The second helicopter of the same order and brand will be delivered within approximately thirty days", the statement reads.