New Helicopter Agreements
Validates Eurocopter’s Competitiveness
March 14, 2011 - New business
concluded during this industry event in Orlando, Florida
involved eight of Eurocopter’s helicopter types,
including the next-generation EC145 T2 that was unveiled
There was with two members of its enhanced rotary-wing aircraft line-up that was announced at the show. These bookings came from operators in the United States, Canada, Europe and Russia.
Eurocopter booked 68 new orders and agreements during last 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.
|A powerful, multi-role helicopter, the EC145 T2 is the latest evolution of the EC145. It combines Eurocopter's breakthrough technologies, such as advanced cockpit design, modern avionics, 4-axis autopilot and the Fenestron tail rotor. Its first flight was performed in June 2010. First delivery set for 2013.|
“There 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. We are seeing the result of our significant investments in innovation and technology as customers recognize the competitiveness of our product line,” said Eurocopter President & CEO Lutz Bertling.
EC145 T2, which made its world debut at Heli-Expo 2011, received
a total of 17 launch commitments.
upgraded version of Eurocopter’s EC145 incorporates a
specially-designed Fenestron tail rotor, more powerful Arriel 2E
turboshaft engines, an innovative new avionics suite with three
large primary displays, a 4-axis autopilot and improved mission
Eurocopter’s new “e” enhanced helicopters introduced at Heli-Expo
2011 received 18 total orders, commitments.
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
Heli-Expo 2011 business transactions was an order from
provided the opportunity as well for Eurocopter to highlight its
comprehensive training and services offer, which included the latest
customer announcement for the use of American Eurocopter’s new AS350
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