Eurocopter delivers three EC225 helicopter to Asian operators
Eurocopter has delivered three EC225 helicopters to Asian oil and gas operators.
The EC225 deliveries involve the Southern Vietnam Helicopter Company (VNH South), with Awan Inspirasi Sdn Bhd (AISB) and MHS Aviation – both of Malaysia.
“We are committed to collaborating closely with our customers to ensure that the EC225 remains an important asset for oil and gas operators. We thank customers such as VNHS, MHS and Awan Inspirasi for their continued confidence in the EC225,” said Eurocopter CEO Guillaume Faury.
VNH South accepted its third EC225 this month in a handover ceremony at Eurocopter’s production facility in Marignane, France. With the expected delivery of its fourth unit next year, the company will have a total of 10 Eurocopter rotary-wing aircraft in its inventory, consisting of four Super Puma family EC225 and four AS332 L2 helicopters, along with two EC155 Dauphins.
“Eurocopter has been a trusted partner through the years, providing products of great performance and high standard of support,” said Tran Dinh Nam, the commercial director of VNH South. “The new aircraft will no doubt enhance the capability of our fleet in carrying out the demanding offshore missions.”
Awan Inspirasi Sdn Bhd (AISB) of Malaysia has similarly taken delivery of its latest EC225 from Eurocopter in France. The helicopter will now be transferred to the Eurocopter Malaysia subsidiary in Subang, where it will be painted and readied for service entry with Awan Inspirasi in September.
Awan Inspirasi currently has three EC225s in its inventory – including a leased aircraft, which will be replaced by the newly-delivered helicopter.
“Our company has a unique know-how as the only Malaysian service provider operating in deep waters,” said Datuk Hanif Darimi, the chief executive officer of Awan Inspirasi. “We were the first to introduce the EC225 in the Asia-Pacific region, as it answers our needs perfectly. It has been a strong asset for Malaysia’s deep-water exploration and oil and gas operations.”
MHS Aviation will take delivery of the company’s fifth EC225 during early July. The company purchased its first two EC225s in 2009.
MHS Aviation’s fleet has a total of 14 Eurocopter-built aircraft, composed of the EC225, AS355, AS332 and AS365 types.
“Eurocopter helicopters have served us well over the years. This latest aircraft will enhance our fleet and strengthen our offshore operations and offerings to customers,” commented MHS Aviation CEO Ma’som Mahadi.
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