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Friday, June 6, 2014

Airbus Helicopters Delivers EC225s to Africa-based Milestone Aviation Group

Source: Airbus Helicopters

The worldwide fleet of EC225s that perform heli-lift duties for oil and gas operators increased by three today with Airbus Helicopters’ triple delivery of workhorse rotorcraft acquired by Milestone Aviation Group and leased to SonAir - an African operator – which will utilize them in Angola.


Photo by Eric Raz, courtesy Airbus Helicopters

The handover ceremony in Marignane, France marked the latest such EC225 deliveries by Airbus Helicopters, with these rotorcraft expanding SonAir’s operating fleet, which already includes 12 EC225s, four AS332 L2s and three AS365 N3s. The helicopters delivered yesterday are part of Milestone Aviation’s record orders with Airbus Helicopters for 30 total EC225s, which were announced in 2012 and 2013.

SonAir is a subsidiary of the Sonangol Group, a structured aviation service provider in Angola, and the largest African helicopter operator. Its inventory of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft provide services to major oil and gas companies as its core business.


Photo by Eric Raz, courtesy Airbus Helicopters

The EC225 is Airbus Helicopters’ latest version of its Super Puma family, providing a high-performance rotorcraft in the 10-11 metric ton category. This heavy twin-engine helicopter’s modern technologies, excellent useful load, five-blade main rotor and low vibration levels make it an efficient solution for oil and gas missions – including offshore and passenger transport as well as search and rescue (SAR) operations.

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