Eurocopter, June 18, 2009 - Eurocopter is pleased to announce the delivery of the first EC155 B1 to Northern Service Flight Company (NSFC) based in Hanoi (Vietnam). Founded in 1989, NSFC belongs to the Service Flight Corporation (SFC), a long-standing partner of Eurocopter. NSFC is one of the leading businesses in the country providing a wide range of helicopter passenger flights for oil and gas exploration, search and rescue operations, field survey, tourism etc.
Capt Nguyen Van Vinh Director of NSFC said at this occasion, “We are very proud to receive this new EC155 B1 Dauphin helicopter, the first Eurocopter helicopter we will be operating. This purchase is part of our plan to modernize our fleet, a decision which was taken in 2007. An upgraded fleet will enable us to further expand our operations in Vietnam”.
Dr. Bernhard Brenner, President of Eurocopter South East Asia added, “This delivery marks the beginning of a fruitful relationship between both our companies. Eurocopter has been present in the country since 1985. Vietnam is a promising market with growing demands for helicopters and a potential partner for Eurocopter’s global supply chain”.
In addition to this delivery, NSFC recently signed a contract for a second EC155 B1 helicopter to be delivered in 2010 for Search and Rescue missions. The purchase of these 2 EC155 B1 helicopters is proof of NSFC’s confidence in this medium twin engine helicopter, highly versatile and well adapted for a wide range of missions ranging from
long-haul offshore and corporate transport, Emergency Medical Service, Search and Rescue to law enforcement missions.
SFC’s other subsidiary Southern Service Flight Company is Eurocopter’s loyal customer currently operating two EC 155B and 4 AS 332L2 helicopters. Before the end of this year, SSFC will receive another 2 EC225 helicopters to be employed for the booming oil and gas market in Vietnam. One of these helicopters is currently on static display at the Paris Air Show from 15 to 21 June.
Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a Division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace, defence and related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approx. 15,600 people. In 2008, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer in the civil and parapublic market, with a turnover of 4.5 billion Euros, orders for 715 new helicopters, and a 53 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group’s products account for 30 percent of the total world helicopter fleet. Its strong worldwide presence is ensured by its 18 subsidiaries on five continents, along with a dense network of distributors, certified agents and maintenance centres. More than 10,000 Eurocopter helicopters are currently in service with over 2,800 customers in more than 140 countries. Eurocopter offers the largest civil and military helicopter range in the world.