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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Avincis Stays Hot at Helitech; Strikes Deals with AgustaWestland, Bell, Eurocopter and Turbomeca

By Andrew Parker, Editor-in-Chief

London-based Avincis Group (Stand G50) is taking Helitech International 2013 by storm. In addition to teaming with Bristow Group (Stand E80) and CHC to examine safety practices following a CAA review into North Sea offshore operations, the company has reached agreements with helicopter makers AgustaWestland (Stand J60), Bell Helicopter/Textron (Stand E10) and Eurocopter (Stand P30), as well as engine manufacturer Turbomeca/Safran Group (Stand C20).

Avincis has placed an order for up to 20 helicopters from Bell, consisting of the 429, 412 and 412EPI. The company plans to use the Bell variants in air medical/life and rescue operations.

The operator has also purchased five helicopters from AgustaWestland. The order includes two AW189s intended for offshore missions in the UK’s North Sea with Avincis subsidiary Bond Aviation. The other three helicopters – one AW139 and a pair of AW169s – will support EMS operations in Italy.

 

Avincis CEO James Drummond (left) and AgustaWestland CEO Daniele Romiti hold a helicopter model after a press conference at Helitech 2013. Photo courtesy of AgustaWestland

 

According to the companies, the preliminary agreements” for the five helicopters are part of a wider arrangement for up to 16 helicopters from the AW139, AW169 and AW189 family. The helicopters will serve in various roles, including offshore, EMS, utility and SAR, mainly in the UK and Italy.

On Tuesday, Eurocopter announced the purchase of three EC225s for Avincis subsidiary Bond Helicopters Australia. See full story: Avincis Group’s Public Vote of Confidence in Eurocopter EC225

Safran Group subsidiary Turbomeca has inked a global support contract with Avincis, covering engines in operation with Australian Helicopters, Bond Air Services, Bond Offshore Helicopters and Inaer. The contract, which totals around 180 engines on 14 different helicopter types, includes Turbomeca’s Support by the Hour (SBH) program for the Bond and Inaer fleets.

Related: Airframe News

 

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