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Heli-Expo 2015: Bristow announces H175 order

4th March 2015 - 22:04 GMT | by Beth Maundrill in Orlando

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The mystery of the Bristow Group’s involvement with the EC175 programme (now known as the H175) has been resolved with a confirmation of an order for 17 aircraft.

The company had signed an initial order agreement some two years ago but since then Bristow’s plans to accept the aircraft from Airbus Helicopters has remained unclear.

However, in what is the largest order to date for the aircraft, Bristow used the Heli-Expo exhibition in Orlando to announce it would receive 17 H175s with deliveries scheduled to commence in October 2016. 

The aircraft are set to be deployed as part of Bristow’s oil and gas airlift operations. Alongside the order, Bristow has also secured a comprehensive support services arrangement for the operation of its aircraft. 

I issued a challenge to the industry at Helitech a few months ago,’ said Jonathan Baliff, president and CEO of Bristow Group. 

‘As Bristow purchases helicopters in larger volumes, we look to partner with aircraft manufacturers who will step up to more comprehensive airline-style purchase and support agreements. We commend Airbus Helicopters for being the first partner to proactively share risk and responsibilities and commit to work closely with Bristow throughout the entire lifecycle of aircraft ownership.’

For Airbus Helicopters the support of aircraft now centres on the HCare service package, which is offered in three tiers of service.

The first H175 to enter service was delivered to NHV in December 2014 and since then the fleet has performed more than 400 flight hours with availability rates of nearly 90%.

The H175 will join the H125 (AS350), H135 (EC135), BK117, H155 (EC155), AS332 and H225 (EC225) in service with Bristow. 

Airbus Helicopters revealed its new naming convention for its aircraft during Heli-Expo, as it publicly revealed the new H160 for the first time.

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