Eurocopter, February 12, 2012 - Dallas, Texas – From Heli-Expo 2012, American Eurocopter is pleased to announce that Metro Aviation has signed for five more EC145® helicopters. The agreement is for three firm orders with an additional two options. The first aircraft is expected to be delivered in March and it will be joining a fleet that currently includes 17 EC145s.
“We are pleased to be adding additional EC145s to our fleet as we continue to offer our services to the pre-eminent medical providers in the United States,” said Mike Stanberry, President of Metro Aviation. “Eurocopter helicopters represent the core of our fleet, and the capabilities these aircraft offer the programs we serve help them succeed in their air transport operations.
“The EC145 provides us with a solid combination of performance, safety, reliability and versatility,” added Stanberry. “It suits the needs of the programs we work with very well. It is an excellent aircraft for air medial operations.”
The twin-engine EC145’s performance and range, coupled with the large cabin, extra payload capacity and unmatched visibility, provide operators with multi-mission capabilities. Along with its high-set main and tail rotors and rear-loading clamshell doors, these features have made the EC145 the helicopter of choice for a large number of EMS programs in the United States and worldwide.
Metro Aviation, based in Shreveport, LA, has been in the air medical service business for over 30 years. The company currently operates a fleet of 91 rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft, which includes 81 Eurocopter helicopters. With these aircraft, Metro Aviation serves 25 programs across the United States.
“Metro Aviation has been a valued customer of ours for many years,” said Marc Paganini, President and CEO of American Eurocopter. “We are delighted that they continue to add EC145s to support their fleet as their organization continues to grow.”
Metro Aviation’s Aircraft Operations Division provides traditional aviation services, including emergency transport, as well as inter-hospital transfers. Metro Aviation’s Aircraft Completion Division provides turn-key completions for a wide range of medical, offshore, law-enforcement, VIP, corporate and utility helicopters.
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.