Eurocopter signed yesterday a contract to supply Air Greenland with one enhanced AS350 B3e version, marking the latest expansion of this European operatorâ€™s Ecureuil single-engine family fleet.
Air Greenland currently operates 12 Ecureuil helicopters: 10 of the AS350 B3+ variant and two AS350 B2s. The new agreement was inked on Eurocopterâ€™s exhibit stand at the Heli-Expo 2012 exhibition in Dallas, Texas.
â€œAs a highly capable aircraft, the AS350 is well adapted to our broad range of services in a very demanding environment â€“ which is why we are acquiring the additional helicopter,â€ said Air Greenland CEO Michael Binzer. â€œDuring the high season last year, our AS350s logged a total of 6917 flight hours without major technical problems, and this level of reliability makes the AS350 an outstanding helicopter.â€
The current AS350 fleet is used by Air Greenland in performing a wide range of missions, including utility services, air taxi flights, medical evacuations, support for commercial and scientific exploration, sling-load airlift, heli-skiing and construction work for hydro-power plant. In addition to the AS350 family, Air Greenland will introduce Eurocopterâ€™s medium twin-engine EC225 in 2014.
â€œAir Greenlandâ€™s renewed confidence in our AS350 family symbolizes the continuity of the customerâ€™s solid and valued relationship with Eurocopter,â€ explained Thomas Hein, Eurocopterâ€™s Vice President of Sales and Customer Relations for Central Europe. â€œBy selecting the new AS350 B3e version, Air Greenland will benefit from this helicopterâ€™s improved lifting capability and endurance, along with extended range and higher cruise speedâ€.
Features of the AS350 B3e include a more powerful Turbomeca Arriel 2D turboshaft engine and new-generation digital FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control). It also incorporates tail rotor modifications for additional ease of piloting, and has an improved interior design.
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