Eurocopter Receives 68 Helicopter
Orders At Heli-Expo 2011
March 12, 2011 - Eurocopter booked 68 new orders and
agreements during this week’s Heli-Expo 2011 exposition
while also unveiling a range of new and enhanced
helicopter products, confirming the company’s highly
competitive position for the expected upturn in the
world’s rotary-wing aircraft sector.
New business concluded during this industry event in
with two members of its enhanced rotary-wing aircraft
line-up also announced at the show. These bookings came
from operators in the
clearly was a more upbeat atmosphere at this year’s Heli-Expo
event, with strong indications of an increase in our customers’
business activity for the second half of 2011,” said Eurocopter
President & CEO Lutz Bertling. “We are seeing the result of our
significant investments in innovation and technology as
customers recognize the competitiveness of our product line.”
EC145 T2, which made its world debut at Heli-Expo 2011, received
a total of 17 launch commitments.
the enhanced AS350 B3e version were Air Medical Resource Group
of the U.S. with a firm agreement for three helicopters, plus
four options; Aero France Hélicoptère, which ordered two; along
with an unnamed customer for one aircraft.
The AS350 B3e – which was included on Eurocopter’s Heli-Expo exhibit stand – is the newest member of Eurocopter’s best-selling AStar/Ecureuil family, with a more powerful Turbomeca Arriel 2D turboshaft engine, as well as a new-generation digital FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control) and an engine data recorder for condition monitoring.
Bond Air Services
of Heli-Expo 2011 was UTair Aviation of Russia’s signature of a firm
order for 15 of Eurocopter’s new EC175 helicopters, firming up a letter
of intent announced at Heli-Expo in 2008. This 7-metric-ton category
rotary-wing aircraft incorporates a mix of proven and advanced
technologies for excellent performance and reliability in a full range
of missions, including oil and gas operations, search and rescue,
emergency medical transport, and business aviation. UTair will deploy
its EC175s in offshore oil and gas operations.
Also booked at
Heli-Expo were eight additional orders for the Ecureuil/AStar family,
composed of three AS350 B2s, two EC130s and one AS350 B3 for Capitale
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