30-Jun-2011 Source: Eurocopter South East Asia
[HeliHub.com editor note – Eurocopter distributed this story today, 30 June, despite it being dated 23rd June.Â We note that HeliHub.com ran a short story on 14th March this year – three and a half months ago – to say that Senok had local CAA approval to operate AS350s]
The sale of the first civilian helicopters to Senok Aviation of Sri Lanka by Eurocopter South East Asia marks a breakthrough into a market whose sound economy is driving the demand for domestic air services due to increased tourism and investorsâ€™ interest.
The acquisition of the two AS350 B3 helicopters marks the start of the Senok Groupâ€™s venture into aviation business, providing helicopter services to corporate customers and tourists locally.
Customization works on the two aircrafts in FranceÂ willÂ beÂ completed in August 2011, and subsequently delivered to Sri Lanka to begin operations in October 2011.
This saleÂ alsoÂ represents a momentous breakthrough for Eurocopter South East Asia (ESEA) into Sri LankaÂ â€“ Senok being its first Sri Lankan civilian helicopter customer.Â Â Congratulating Senok on their new business venture, ESEA President Bernhard Brenner says, â€œWe are delighted that Senok Aviation has selected the Eurocopter AS350 B3 as the first helicopters in its fleet.Â We are committed to providing our support to this market whose aviation sector will pick up speed in tandem with its economy in the coming years.â€
The President of Senok Group, Noel Selvanayagam looks forward to commencing the services of â€œSenok Airâ€ through Senok Aviation. â€œThe AS350 B3 helicopter is a prestigious model that has beenÂ recognized for its power and reliability.Â Â Â It is also versatile and can be used for many different types of missions, especially for our purpose of passenger transport and heli-tourism.Â I am very happy with our purchase and would like to thank Eurocopter South East Asia for their tremendous support throughout the process.â€
The AS350 B3 is one of the most technologically advanced helicopters in its category,Â with about 1,000 helicopters in service across 57 countries today.Â A powerful and high-performance single-engine helicopter, it has logged almost 2 million flight hours since its first flightÂ and is a popular choice among operators for passenger transport because of itsÂ large cabin and low vibration level.Â The AS350 B3 also has the honor of holding the record for making the highest altitude landing on Mount Everest at 29,000 feet, as well as a record-breaking aerial rescue on Nepalâ€™s Mount Annapurna, underlining its performance capabilities in extreme conditions.