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Egypt: Petroleum Air Services buys additional Eurocopter EC135 helicopter, plus options for two more

11th November 2008 - 04:45 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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The Egyptian Petroleum Air Services (PAS) has signed an agreement to buy a third EC135 Eurocopter helicopter and 2 helicopters as options. The air services transportation company recently reinforced its aircraft fleet with the world's best-selling light twin-engine helicopter, the EC135. The first EC135 was delivered end of 2007, the second early 2008. The aircraft are used to transport oil rig crews from the Egyptian mainland to the oil rigs.

The EC135 is suited for offshore operation with short distance and small decks. It can accommodate one or two pilots and five to six passengers. Its low fuel consumption and easy serviceability makes it incomparably reliable and highly efficient to operate. It can fly at all weather conditions. Further characteristics of this aircraft are its low maintenance costs, its safety and its comfort. The helicopter's spacious cabin can be easily accessed through large sliding doors on the sides and through wide rear clamshell doors. It offers optimal usage possibilities and can be rapidly reconfigured thanks to its flat floor. A wide range of authorized special equipment is also available. The EC135 has a maximum take-off weight of 2,910 kg, a range of 645 km and a maximum cruising speed of 257 km/h.
About Eurocopter

Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a Division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace, defence and related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approx. 14,000 people. In 2007, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world's No. 1 helicopter manufacturer in the civil and parapublic market, with a turnover exceeding 4 billion Euros, orders for 802 new helicopters, and a 53 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group's products account for 30 percent of the total world helicopter fleet. Its strong worldwide presence is ensured by its 17 subsidiaries on five continents, along with a dense network of distributors, certified agents and maintenance centres. More than 10,000 Eurocopter helicopters are currently in service with over 2,800 customers in 140 countries. Eurocopter offers the largest civil and military helicopter range in the world.


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