ADAC Orders 14 EC145T2
German air ambulance ADAC signed for up to 14 Airbus EC145T2 helicopters to upgrade fleet
Eurocopter, September 12, 2012 - ADAC Air Rescue signed on Wednesday at the ILA Berlin air show for an EC145 T2 in the scope of an acquisition agreement with Eurocopter for the purchase of 14 EC145 T2 and three EC135 P2e helicopters. The aircraft, which are part of the renewal strategy for ADAC Air Rescue’s current BK117 inventory, are to be delivered between 2013 and 2017.
ADAC Managing Director Stefan Wessling and Wolfgang Schoder, Eurocopter Executive Vice President, Programs signed the accord at the Eurocopter booth in the Heli Center.
“We are very pleased that ADAC Air Rescue has once again chosen Eurocopter, marking a continuation of the more than 40 years in our close and successful cooperation,” said Mr.Schoder. “With the EC145 T2, ADAC Air Rescue will be operating the newest aircraft in the light twin-engine helicopter category. The successor to the proven EC145, the EC145 T2 was developed in close consultation with air rescue organizations with the specific aim of further satisfying operators’ safety and performance requirements.”
With an existing fleet of 49 helicopters, including the BK117, EC135 and EC145, ADAC Air Rescue is one of Eurocopter’s largest European customers in the emergency medical services market segment. It operates from more than 35 helicopter bases across Germany, and with four of its helicopters flying in collaboration with neighboring countries, ADAC has contributed to creating one of Europe’s largest air rescue organizations.
“ADAC’s commitments for new helicopters and their associated SAR equipment represent an investment of over 130 million euros in the future of air rescue operations in Germany,” explained Mr. Wessling. “Eurocopter is providing an aircraft with unbeatable performance characteristics to replace our BK117 helicopters over the long term.”