Eurocopter, February 12, 2012 - Dallas, Texas – At the Heli-Expo launch of Eurocopter’s new EC130 T2 helicopter, American Eurocopter announced today that Blue Hawaiian Helicopters has ordered 20 of the updated EC130 model that has made a name for itself in the United States in a variety of industries, particularly the aerial tour industry. The agreement with Blue Hawaiian includes 10 firm orders with options for 10 more. These helicopters will be used as part of an ongoing fleet replacement program.
“Blue Hawaiian was our first EC130 customer, and we welcome them as one of the launch customers for the EC130 T2. They have been a leader in promoting innovations and implementing quiet technology rotorcraft in the air tour industry,” said Marc Paganini, President and CEO of American Eurocopter. “We value the trust they have placed in Eurocopter products and our company, and we will continue to work with them as they enhance their fleet.”
Blue Hawaiian was the launch customer for the EC130 in 2001. Since that time the company has logged more than 425,000 flight hours on its all-Eurocopter fleet that includes EC130’s and AS350 helicopters.
“We were happy to work with American Eurocopter on the launch of the first EC130, and we are excited to continue to work with them as we update our fleet with the new EC130 T2,” said Dave Chevalier, owner and CEO of Blue Hawaiian Helicopters.
In addition to being the launch customer for the EC130, Blue Hawaiian also gave the aircraft its “Eco-Star” designation, in reference to its ultra-quiet, eco-efficient operation. These two key features have helped the EC130 become the aircraft of choice for the air tour industry.
The EC130 product line offers increased cabin space, improved visibility through a wrap-around glass cockpit, state-of-the-art avionics, and Eurocopter’s advanced main rotor and Fenestron™ tail rotor technology. The EC130 T2 brings a more powerful 950 shp class ARRIEL 2D engine that provides improved fuel efficiency and offers an engine data recorder and will offer a 6,000 hour mature TBO (Time Between Overhaul), which will help reduce operating and direct maintenance costs. The additional power also results in an increased max weight and CG range for improved useful load, which have broadened the product line’s appeal to include corporate, air medical and other missions.
Blue Hawaiian has been Hawaii’s leader in the air tour industry for over 25 years. In addition to its scenic flights, Blue Hawaiian also provides charters and utility services, such as firefighting, search and rescue, power line patrol and the transportation of external loads.
Blue Hawaiian’s active role in the air tour industry includes its work on flight and safety issues and regulations for operations over national park areas, which has been coordinated through the Helicopter Association International and with the Federal Aviation Administration and U.S. National Park Service.
For more information on American Eurocopter’s presence at Heli-Expo 2012, see the event page.
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.