H135s, H145s for China, Nether­lands, Philip­pines, Ger­many

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Air­bus He­li­copters has de­liv­ered the first of 100 H135s or­dered by the Health Com­mis­sion of Qing­dao in China’s Shan­dong Prov­ince. The first five H135s are be­ing as­sem­bled in Donauwörth, Ger­many, where Chi­nese fi­nal as­sem­bly line (FAL) em­ploy­ees have been re­ceiv­ing train­ing since April. The re­main­ing 95 will be as­sem­bled at a fa­cil­ity in Qing­dao from early next year.

Nether­lands-based air res­cue op­er­a­tor the Royal Dutch Tour­ing Club ANWB Med­i­cal Air As­sis­tance has or­dered up to six H135s, with the first three sched­uled for de­liv­ery in 2019 and 2020. ANWB Med­i­cal Air As­sis­tance is the only he­li­copter emer­gency med­i­cal ser­vices op­er­a­tor in the Nether­lands, fly­ing more than 8,500 mis­sions each year with a cur­rent fleet of six H135s.

The Philip­pine Coast Guard has placed an or­der for one H145, mak­ing it the first para­pub­lic op­er­a­tor of the type in the Philip­pines. It will be equipped with HF ra­dios, emer­gency flota­tion gear, fast rop­ing, cargo sling, search­light, and elec­troop­ti­cal sys­tems to per­form SAR, mede­vac, mar­itime pa­trol and law en­force­ment mis­sions.

Ger­man HEMS op­er­a­tor DRF Luftret­tung has or­dered three H145s for de­liv­ery next year, This will bring its H145 fleet to sev­en­teen, mak­ing it one of the largest op­er­a­tors of the type world­wide. More than 200 H145s have been de­liv­ered world­wide since ser­vice en­try in 2015, and they have jointly logged more than 110,000 flight hours.

One of the H135s de­liv­ered to China

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