Eurocopter, June 29, 2011 - Grand Prairie, Texas – American Eurocopter announced today that Papillon Helicopters has placed an order for five AS350 B3e helicopters with options for three more. The aircraft will be used to expand the company’s fleet and will begin a replacement program for some of the company’s older helicopters.
“The AS350 B3e showcases Eurocopter’s commitment to innovation and to bringing these advancements to our customers,” stated Marc Paganini, President and CEO of American Eurocopter. “Papillon Helicopters and the Halvorson family are valued, long-time customers and the selection of the AS350 B3e for their fleet underscores the AStar’s reputation as one of the most sophisticated and versatile helicopters in the world.”
The AS350 B3e is the latest evolution in the AStar product line. The aircraft was launched at Heli-Expo 2011 and introduces further enhancements for cost-effectiveness, safety and performance to the popular platform.
“The AStar provides us with the mix of power, durability and value that allows us to grow our business,” explained Lon Halvorson, Executive Vice President of Papillon Helicopters. “We look forward to implementing the safety, performance and maintenance enhancements of the AS350 B3e’s within our fleet.”
The AS350 B3e is powered by a new Arriel 2D engine and equipped with a new FADEC and Engine Data Recorder (EDR), enhancing performance and system management. The new systems within the AS350 B3e will also produce decreased maintenance times by extending maintenance inspection intervals and time between overhauls.
Founded in 1965, Papillon Airways, Inc. and Grand Canyon Airlines/Scenic Airlines since 1929 are the largest “flightseeing” companies in the world, with nearly 70 state-of-the-art helicopters and airplanes, specifically designed to reveal panoramic views beyond imagination. The Halvorson family has acquired Kenai Helicopters (now known as Grand Canyon Helicopters), Grand Canyon Airlines, Grand Canyon Coaches and Scenic Airlines. These companies are one of the few that fly the entire Grand Canyon including the South and West rims, in addition to tours of Las Vegas, Page/Lake Powell and Monument Valley.
About American Eurocopter: American Eurocopter is the U.S. affiliate of Eurocopter, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world, and a subsidiary of EADS North America Holdings, the North American operations of EADS, the second largest aerospace and defense company in the world. American Eurocopter is a helicopter manufacturer and markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and para-public helicopters offered by any manufacturer. The product line represents the most cost-effective, technologically-advanced helicopters, ranging from light single to heavy twin, serving all markets and missions. American Eurocopter’s headquarters and main facility are in Grand Prairie, TX, with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, MS.