Bristow Group orders up to 12 EC175 helicopters


The Bristow Group has signed an agreement for up to 12 EC175s from Eurocopter.

                          Eurocopter EC175 Bristow
The Bristow Group has signed an agreement for up to 12 EC175s.

The contract was formalized at the Heli-Expo 2013 in Las Vegas, during a ceremony attended by William E. Chiles, Bristow Group’s president and CEO, and Eurocopter president & CEO Lutz Bertling.

“The Bristow Group’s order represents another important endorsement for this optimized rotary-wing aircraft, which has become a reference in the medium-twin helicopter category,” Bertling explained. “We are especially proud to accompany Bristow in its development and look forward to contributing to the success of its operations with the EC175. Its range, cruise speed and payload lift capabilities – combined with high comfort levels for passengers and the latest in avionics for pilots – perfectly tailors our EC175 for the most demanding off-shore missions.”

“Bristow has followed the development of the EC175 closely since we signed a memorandum of understanding in 2008 and are now excited to confirm the addition of this aircraft type into our global fleet from 2015,” Chiles stated. “This new-generation helicopter provides significant capabilities with its 16-seat configuration.”

The EC175 is making a debut appearance at Heli-Expo 2013, where the aircraft is displayed in a stopover on its US demonstration tour. During the tour, the helicopter will be presented to companies specialised in passenger transport and supply missions for the offshore oil and gas industry.