Dr.B Ravi Pillai, chairman of RP Group of companies, become the first proud Indian owner of Airbus H 145 worth INR 100 Crores ( BD. 5 Million).
The 68-year-old billionaire is the founder MD of the construction giant of the Gulf, Nasser S Al Hajri Corporation, based at Bahrain. With more than 60,000 employees working for him, Mr Pillai has the biggest Indian workforce in Saudi Arabia.He has stakes in hotel chain and the Petrochemical business. Mr PIllai’s fortune amounts to $2.4 billion making him the 32nd richest Indian.
This helicopter is the first Airbus D3 helicopter in India and first 5 bladed H 145 helicopter in Asia , designed by Mercedes Benz. It has some special features (1) no noise disturbance (2) all the latest safety features (3) able to carry 7 passengers and the pilot. (4) capable of landing and take off from even high altitudes of 20000 feet above sea level.
As Mr Pillai owns a sting of luxury hotels in Kerala , the helicopter will be used to ferry his guests across tourist destinations in the state . It was stated by a top official of RP Group.
(Sarmistha Dey is an Indian Diaspora staff reporter at WFY, Bahrain bureau. She is an experienced HR and media professional. She is a poet as well as a singer.)