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NHV Helicopters announces Eurocopter order

13th November 2012 - 12:16 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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NHV Helicopters has announced that it has placed a €150 million order with Eurocopter for ten new EC175 aircraft. The deal will see the phased delivery of the helicopters from the manufacturer’s facility in Marseille, France, between 2013 and 2015.

NVH Helicopters operates in the UK from Norwich providing a range of helicopter services and transport operations for civil and military clients. Work includes offshore hoisting and deck landings, passenger, freight and medical transport, search and rescue operations, pollution control and sling procedures.

The EC175 multi-role, twin-engined helicopter is designed to undertake a range of services, including offshore crew transfer flights, search and rescue operations, security roles and emergency medical flights. Configured for offshore oil and gas operations, the EC175 can transport 16 passengers a distance of 135 nautical miles and back or take 12 passengers on a return journey of 190 nautical miles.

Colin Hancy, NHV’s Norwich-based UK commercial manager, said: ‘This deal represents a major investment for NHV. We operate throughout Europe, Africa and South America, and are looking to further expand our global services in offshore oil and gas and wind farm development.

‘We are also looking to expand our operations at Norwich airport, which currently include the transfer of service and maintenance crews to Tullow’s Ketch and Schooner gas production platforms about 90 miles off the north Norfolk coastline. We’ve also just completed a three-month contract for Shell, flying maintenance crews to various gas production platforms in the UK and Dutch sectors of the Southern North Sea. The additional helicopters will bring our worldwide fleet to nearly 40, and their introduction will give us greater flexibility and the capacity for much more additional work.’

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