Air­bus H225 goes East

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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.

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