The Druk Thuksey has been conferred to the Royal Bhutan Helicopter Services (RBHSL) by His Majesty The King on the 114th National Day on 17 December in recognition of its exceptional service to the Nation since its inception and especially during the pandemic.
It is stated that RBHSL made critical medical care accessible to every Bhutanese and facilitated the nationwide distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.
Royal Bhutan Helicopter Services Limited was established on 9 July 2015. Its commercial operations commenced in November that year coinciding with the 60th Birth Anniversary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.
RBHSL operates a fleet of two H130 Airbus helicopters and employs 40 staff. It operates the HELI Emergency Services which include Emergency Medical Services, Firefighting and Casualty evacuations, and the HELI Charter Services for passenger and cargo transport.
Thus far, it has successfully completed 15,000 safe landings, evacuated 735 people for emergency medical services, completed 28 firefighting missions, transported rural electrification and telecom materials, and transported 67,950 COVID-19 vaccines for the nationwide vaccination program.
Chief Executive Officer of RBHS, Chewang Gyeltshen, shared his tribute to His Majesty The King. “We are very much humbled and proud to receive the prestigious award.”
He further said the organization would dedicate themselves to the Tsa Wa Sum and continue to deliver valuable services to the people.