CHC launches new helicopter programme
CHC Helicopter has launched its super-medium helicopter programme with a commitment to lease five new aircraft from GECAS’s Milestone Aviation Group, the company announced on 31 July.
Under the deal, CHC will add three new Leonardo AW189s and two Airbus Helicopters H175s from Milestone’s order book. The new helicopters will be configured for energy transport missions and will serve CHC customers in the North Sea and Australia.
Karl Fessenden, president and CEO of CHC Helicopter, said: ‘We are working closely with Milestone to carefully build a productive, safe and reliable fleet to meet the varying needs of our customers throughout the world. Since completing our restructuring in March, our fleet productivity has significantly improved and matches our historical peak levels before the oil and gas downturn. We are excited to add these new super medium aircraft to our fleet in support of new customer contracts.’
The company took delivery of its first H175 on 2 August. The aircraft is outfitted in full offshore passenger transport configuration, and will be used to transport up to 16 passengers to North Sea offshore installations.
CHC will now begin training and adjustment for the helicopter at its base at Aberdeen, ahead of operational launch in August.
The aircraft will be covered by an Airbus Helicopters nose-to-tail HCare services contract, which will help maximise cost efficiencies through the provision of all spare parts and repairable items supplied from Airbus Helicopters’ North Sea Fleet Centre, also in Aberdeen.
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