First H175 in Australia
An Antonov An-124 to bring the first two H175 to Darwin, Australia on November 27. To be operated on contract from Dili, Timor-Leste by Babcock Offshore Services Australasia
Babcock, November 27, 2017 - Darwin aviation enthusiasts are encouraged to turn their attention skyward on Nov. 27. One of the world’s largest transport aircraft, the Antonov An-124, is set to touch down at Darwin International Airport, carrying Babcock Australasia’s cargo of two Airbus H175 super-medium helicopters.
Costing approximately $20 million each, the H175 helicopters are the first of their kind to arrive in Australia, and they will be operated on contract from Dili, Timor-Leste by Babcock Offshore Services Australasia. Babcock is one of Australia’s largest providers of helicopter services to the oil-and-gas sector, as well as a world-class aviation training provider to premium brands around the globe.
“Babcock’s investment in two brand-new H175s is a first for Australia’s aviation industry, and it is evidence of our commitment to growing our mission critical capabilities. Right across the globe, Babcock is trusted to deliver high-quality services that our clients expect, and we are delighted to be expanding our footprint in the region,” said John Boag, managing director of Babcock Offshore Services Australasia.
Maximum Asset Availability
“Babcock is proud to be delivering two latest generation helicopters to our client, and we are committed to ensuring maximum asset availability through the expertise of our people. Seeing them arrive in Darwin aboard one of the world’s largest transport aircraft is a bonus for aviation enthusiasts such as myself.”
Prior to deployment and the commencement of flying operations, Babcock engineers will assemble the helicopters at the company’s Darwin hangar. Babcock has been working closely with Airbus in the lead-up to train 27 pilots and engineers in the assembly, flight and maintenance of the H175 helicopters. A further 19 Timorese will be employed by Babcock, including four local engineers who will attend training with Airbus in France in early 2018.
“This contract represents a significant capital investment in aircraft, infrastructure and training by Babcock and is the culmination of many months of planning, preparation and implementation,” added Boag.
“Babcock has worked closely with Airbus to deliver training to our people, on the ground and in the air, that will ensure the safe and reliable assembly and operation of the new H175 helicopters for our client.”
The H175 was selected by Babcock as ‘best of type’ for the purpose of the contract, offering an excellent payload and superior single-engine performance. The H175 is powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada’s latest PT6 engine – the PT6C67E – and can carry up to 16 passengers in an oil-and-gas configuration.
Babcock is set to commence operations on Jan. 1, 2018 with its contract encompassing personnel transportation, search-and-rescue support, and medevac in the Timor Sea, 310 miles northwest of Darwin.
Airbus Helicopters H175 / EC175 VH-NYI VH-NYJ ( Babcock Australia )