Airbus H225 goes East
The Airbus Helicopters H225, latest development of the long-lived Super Puma family, has been certified by the Russian authorities, marking the first time that a foreign heavy-lift class helicopter has been certified in the country. It will open up the all-weather market in countries such as Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan for the nineteen-passenger H225, which undertook a demonstration tour of Russia last summer.
“The H225 is the right answer to Russia’s needs, bringing together the experience of top-class reliability in extreme weather conditions and cutting edge avionics to fly more safely and further than any other air lifted solutions” said Olivier Scheier, Airbus Helicopters’ sales manager for oil and gas market in Russia. “It is fit for the toughest environment and guarantees the highest level of service, even in the utmost remote places.”
The Airbus H215 is also set to be manufactured in Eastern Europe, following an agreement signed in November for a new Airbus Helicopters factory in Brasov, Romania. The new 10,000-square-metre facility will be able to manufacture up to fifteen H215s per year. The first is expected to come off the assembly line in 2017.
Some seventy per cent of the worldwide Super Puma family operates in support of the offshore oil and gas industry, including H225s in the Gulf of Mexico, North Sea, Africa, Asia and South America. By the end of 2015 the fleet had jointly accumulated more than five million flight hours.