Eurocopter, March 07, 2011 - Eurocopter’s new EC145 T2, which was revealed with fanfare today at Heli-Expo 2011, already has attracted four launch customers – confirming this rotary-wing aircraft’s broad appeal for international operators.
Leading these initial agreements was Spain’s INAER, which has signed for 10 EC145 T2s. Its initial helicopters will be configured for emergency medical service (EMS), but the EC145 T2’s flexibility will enable INAER to decide on other mission-specific versions depending upon its operational requirements. INAER is a global provider of helicopter services for national, regional and local governments in mission - critical operations such as EMS, civil protection, sea and mountain search and rescue, coastal and fishing surveillance and firefighting.
The other three EC145 T2 customers are from the US: Metro Aviation, for five helicopters to be used in emergency medical services; Lewis Energy Group, with one aircraft for oil and gas operations; and Leading Edge, for an EC145 T2 to be flown in business aviation service.
“Metro Aviation’s EC145 T2 agreement continues a nearly three-decade relationship with Eurocopter, which includes our role as a launch customer for both the EC145 and EC135 – along with our company’s commitment to the continued development of EMS cabin interiors for these aircraft,” said Mike Stanberry, the president of Metro Aviation. “It is a natural progression for us to be involved with the new EC145 T2, which I am sure will be quite successful.”
Lewis Energy Group currently operates an EC145 and EC135, which are used for land-based oil and gas drilling operations. “These are excellent-performing helicopters, and we look forward to receiving the new EC145 T2,” said Robert L. Cardin, the company’s director of flight operations.