H135s, H145s for China, Netherlands, Philippines, Germany
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