CHC Helicopter has ordered and will incorporate 20 more Eurocopter EC225 Super Puma twin-engine helicopters into its operations over the next several years, CHC and Eurocopter announced today.
Deliveries of the newly ordered EC225s â€“ including an option for four additional aircraft beyond the initial 20 â€“ will occur during the next four-plus years, into 2016.
According to CHC, the helicopters will be needed to accommodate anticipated growth from both current and future customers. The aircraft are expected to be deployed to serve oil-and-gas customers in the U.K., Norway, Australia and Brazil.
â€œWe are extremely optimistic about the future of this industry and CHCâ€™s place in it,â€ said CHC President and Chief Executive Officer William Amelio. â€œThe EC225 is an excellent aircraft for extending CHCâ€™s global reach, responsiveness and leadership in safety â€“ qualities that enable us to provide great value to our customers.â€
Amelio added that the EC225 has a â€œwell-deserved reputation for high reliability in the most demanding operational conditions.â€
CHC is the largest operator of Eurocopterâ€™s Super Puma family helicopters in the world, including the most extensive fleet with the EC225 version. By 2016, CHC could have as many as 50 EC225s in operation on behalf of its customers.
â€œThe EC225â€™s success story could not have been written without CHC, and it is an honor for Eurocopter to have CHC as the EC225â€™s flagship operator throughout the world,â€ said Lutz Bertling, Eurocopterâ€™s President and CEO. â€œWe are especially proud of the long-term relationship and mutual confidence that has been built with our valued partner, and we look forward to further contributing to the success of CHCâ€™s operations with the newly-ordered EC225s.â€
Eurocopterâ€™s EC225 offers superior speed, range, payload, optimal safety and reliability. Deployed worldwide for civil and military search and rescue, as well as off-shore and passenger transport missions, it is the latest-generation member of the Super Puma/Cougar family, which has logged more than four million flight hours in operations around the globe.
The EC225 is perfectly adapted to missions in severe weather, as it is designed to meet the highest safety standard levels with system redundancy, a highly capable automatic flight control system, and the capability for full deicing â€“ which allows flight in all known icing conditions.
When configured for offshore crew change operations in support of oil and gas producers, the EC225 can be rapidly converted for search and rescue operations.
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