First H145 in Latin America Goes to Peru
Servicios Aereos De Los Andes from Peru is the first Latin America operator of the H145/EC145T2 helicopter on lease from Irish company Waypoint Leasing Ltd. To be based in Cusco for MMG mining support
Airbus Helicopters, January 31, 2017 - Airbus has delivered an H145 helicopter to Servicios Aéreos los Andes, a Peruvian operator specialized in air services for the energy industry and aeromedical evacuations.
This is a lease with Waypoint Leasing Ltd., a global aircraft financing and leasing company.
"For our company it is very important to have reliable helicopters capable of offering high performance in altitude conditions typical of our region," said Luis Aurelio Fontenoy Miranda, General Manager of Air Services Los Andes. "We have a very good experience with the 3 AS350/H125 in our fleet and we are very excited to now incorporate the H145 and to be pioneers in the continent as well."
The H145 will have its base in Cusco, from where next March 31 is scheduled to establish a shuttle service between Cusco and Las Bambas on behalf the mining group MMG/Las Bambas. The H145 will perform an average of three daily rotations with up to nine passengers on board and in extreme operational conditions: a 35-minute cruising flight at more than 4,200 meters high, taking off at 3350 meters and landing at 3780 meters at temperatures up to 20 °C.
"The entry into operation of the H145 in Peru confirms the growing importance of this lightweight twin in responding to the needs of operators around the world," said Waypoint Leasing Steffen Bay, VP Sales & Relationship Management, Latin America. "We believe this helicopter is perfect for the operational conditions of this region and we expect this first contract with Andes to be the beginning of a long relationship."
"I am very pleased with the arrival of the H145 to Latin America and particullary to the Southern Cone," said Alexandre Ceccacci, General Manager of Airbus Helicopters in the Southern Cone. "The H145 demonstrated its extraordinary flight properties in conditions of heat and height during the demo tour altiplánico of 2015 and I am convinced that its service entrance in Peru will show that it is the only twin engine capable of fulfilling this demanding mission.
The H145 is the most powerful helicopter in its class and incorporates state-of-the-art technological innovations such as the four-axis autopilot and Airbus's new Helionix avionics, designed to offer greater mission flexibility and improved flight safety.
Its new Arriel 2E engines have 20% more power than the previous version and are equipped with FADEC dual channel digital control, which gives it greater safety and operation in all terrain and conditions. Since its first delivery in July 2014, more than 60 H145 in operation have already logged more than 18,000 flight hours.