25-May-2010 Source: Eurocopter
Eurocopter, the world’s leading helicopter manufacturer, presented EC175 helicopter at HeliRussia 2010. This underlines the importance which Eurocopter puts to Russia and CIS markets as this helicopter was presented at HAI (USA), Le Bourget (France) and in HeliRussia (Russia). EC 175 was presented in off shore configuration for 16 passengers.
Eurocopter Group is the leader among foreign manufacturers in the number of helicopters operated on the Russian market – to date more than 70 helicopters are operated in Russia.
The EC175 is a medium-lift twin-engine helicopter that can perform many different civil missions. Initially designed for the oil & gas industry to carry work teams to the platforms, it meets the strictest safety and availability requirements that have become a must for operators in the industry.
The 7-metric-ton new generation EC175 has a multirole design and can carry out a wide scope of civil missions. It slots perfectly into the Eurocopter range between the Dauphin (4/5 metric tons) and the Super Puma (9/11 metric tons). It benefits from a mix of proven and advanced technologies, making it a very performing and reliable helicopter. Depending on its configuration, it can hold up to 16 passengers. A total of 114 EC175s have already been ordered by 14 different customers.
Designed with customers for customers
Russian UTair became one of the first EC175 customers by placing the order for 30 helicopters. UTair personnel is deeply involved in the process of design
Besides, as other Eurocopter helicopters, the EC 175 will be fitted with Russian avionics produced by Transas a St. Petersburg based company.
About Eurocopter Vostok
Eurocopter Vostok, a 100% wholly-owned subsidiary of Eurocopter SAS, was created in 2006 to provide customer support and to implement fleet follow up in Russia and CIS. By 2010, all Eurocopter civil helicopters will have Russia’s Interstate Aviation Committee (MAK) type certificates. More than 70 Eurocopter helicopters are flying over Russia and more than 50 in CIS countries. Eurocopter occupies 70% of the Russian market among western turbine engine helicopters. Eurocopter Vostok together with local partners establishes a network of maintenance centers to provide services for Eurocopter rotorcrafts. A maintenance center was opened together with Gazpromavia on the premises of Ostafievo airport located near Moscow. Other centers are being created in Tyumen in cooperation with UTair, in St.-Petersburg, in the South of Russia, Siberia and Far East.
Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace, defense and related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approximately 15,600 people. In 2009, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer in the civil and parapublic market, with a turnover of 4.6 billion euros, orders for 344 new helicopters, and a 52 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group’s products account for 30 percent of the total world helicopter fleet. Its strong worldwide presence is ensured by its 18 subsidiaries on five continents, along with an extensive network of distributors, certified agents and maintenance centers. More than 10,500 Eurocopter helicopters currently are in service with over 2,800 customers in more than 140 countries. Eurocopter offers the largest civil and military helicopter range in the world.