Eurocopter new technical support centre opens


New centre recently opened in the Dublin International Financial Services Centre

Eurocopter has recently established a new international customer technical support centre based in Dublin’s International
Financial Services Centre.  The creation of Eurocopter International
Services (EIS) represents a major step in the development of Eurocopter’s
activities in Ireland
and will contribute to the achievement of the Group’s Vision 2020 objective.

Patrick Berthier, chief executive officer of
Eurocopter International Services, and Donough Tierney, vice president of EADS
International Development, highlighted the willingness of Eurocopter and EADS
to strengthen their links with Ireland
and support the country’s ambitions to become a centre for specialist support within the global aviation

“The new Dublin
operation will give Eurocopter a greater flexibility and efficiency in
responding to its customers’ technical support needs,” Berthier said.

“Previously, each Eurocopter entity
throughout the world had its own technical assistance structure. EIS will
centralize the management of this – from recruitment to training, and the
follow-up qualification and deployment to client’s sites. This new customer
support center will work with Eurocopter subsidiaries throughout the world to
support their needs.”

EADS’ Tierney added: “Our company has a
long and proud association with Ireland.
Airbus has had an aviation leasing business in Ireland for many years, and EADS
invested recently in Dublin Aerospace Ltd a new aircraft maintenance company.
It is fantastic to able to be involved with two new businesses. On top of this Ireland is one
of the few countries in the world to have a Memorandum of Understanding with
the EADS Group.”

Welcoming the establishment of the EADS /
Eurocopter technical support centre, IDA Ireland chief executive Barry O’Leary
said “IDA Ireland worked closely with EADS for a number of years to secure this
investment for Ireland. 
The company was attracted to Ireland
due to the availability of technical and multi-lingual talent, the pro-business
environment and the strong track record of international service centres here.”

“This is great news and builds on the EADS
presence in Ireland,
which first established its Airbus financial company in the IFSC in 1992. 
I would like to congratulate the management team for winning this investment
and wish to offer IDA’s continued support as it ramps up its international
business from Ireland,”
concluded O’Leary.