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Caverton to upgrade helicopter fleet

19th March 2012 - 16:55 by the Shephard News Team

Caverton to upgrade helicopter fleet

Caverton Helicopters, Nigeria, are to upgrade its fleet with the AW139, with help from Shell Nigeria via an $85 million loan. The help will allow Caverton to purchase six AW139s, making it the largest AW139 operator in Sub-Saharan Africa.

According to Shell Nigeria, two of the aircraft will be used for Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo), while the rest would be used in the operations of The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC).

The AW139 is a new generation twin-engine helicopter that incorporates the latest technology for safer and more economical operations. It seats 12 passengers with a state-of- the-art cockpit to reduce pilot workload and cabin air-conditioning as well as more luggage capacity. The four AW139s will commence operations for SPDC in April. Shell Nigeria said that Caverton will repay the loan from the proceeds of the contract it executes for Shell.

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