Newsletter #164 | News
Blue Hawaiian Welcomes Eighth EC130 T2 Helicopter; Hawaii Largest Fleet of Next-Generation Aircraft
Blue Hawaiian, April 30, 2015 - KAHULUI, Hawaii – Blue Hawaiian Helicopters announces the placement of its newest Airbus EC130 T2 “Eco-Star” into service, making it the eighth EC130 T2 to enter operation with Blue Hawaiian in the past two years.
To date, Blue Hawaiian’s fleet total is 14 EC130s, eight EC130T2s and five AS350B2s.
Blue Hawaiian owns Hawaii’s largest fleet of helicopters, which includes the largest fleet of T2s, the latest generation of the Airbus EC130 model. The new model incorporates an active vibration control system, improved climate control and a new Turbomeca Arriel 2D engine that provides increased power with lower fuel consumption. Updated safety features include the new Garmin 500 with synthetic vision to provide enhanced situational awareness for the pilot.
Gregg Lundberg, president of Blue Hawaiian, said, “We’re continuing to upgrade the Blue Hawaiian fleet in order to offer our guests the world’s finest aerial experiences. Our commitment to next-generation ‘quiet technology’ aircraft began when we were the worldwide launch customer for the EC130; the T2 advances the features that make the ‘Eco-Star’ the ultimate touring helicopter for Hawaii’s delicate environment.”
Blue Hawaiian Helicopters recently joined Sundance Helicopters in Las Vegas, Nev., as part of the Air Methods Tourism Division—both designated as subsidiaries to Air Methods—making it the largest provider of helicopter tours in the world.
About Blue Hawaiian Helicopters According to National Geographic, Blue Hawaiian is “Hawaii’s premier helicopter tour company.” Frommer’s Guide to Hawaii has given Blue Hawaiian its rare “Recommended” rating every year since 1996, and calls Blue, “The Cadillac of helicopter tour companies.” Every year since 1998, Blue Hawaiian’s maintenance technicians have earned the FAA’s coveted “Diamond Certificate of Excellence,” which no other helicopter tour company in Hawaii has earned even once. Blue Hawaiian has been Hawaii’s air-tour leader since its founding in 1985. For information and reservations call (800) 745-BLUE or visit www.BlueHawaiian.com.
Air Methods is the global leader in air medical transportation. The Air Medical Services Division is the largest provider of air medical transport services in the United States. The United Rotorcraft Division specializes in the design and manufacture of aeromedical and aerospace technology including aircraft completion services. The Tourism Division is comprised of Sundance Helicopters, Inc. and Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, which provide helicopter tours and charter flights in the Las Vegas/Grand Canyon region and Hawaii, respectively. Air Methods’ fleet of owned, leased or maintained aircraft features over 450 helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.
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