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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Canadian AS350B3e Enters Service with New Livery

Photos by Ernie Stephens

Eurocopter Canada handed over a new AS350B3e to Canadian Helicopters during Heli-Expo in Dallas. The helicopter will primarily carry out utility missions and join a fleet that consists of 75 Eurocopter variants.

Canadian Helicopters is using the Turbomeca Arriel 2D-powered AS350B3e to showcase a new international rebranding effort, following its acquisition of Helicopters New Zealand (HNZ) in July 2011. The combined companies bolster a fleet of around 155 aircraft, with more than 800 employees spread across 49 locations worldwide and annual revenue of $240 million.

Lutz Bertling and Canadian CEO Don Wall.
At Heli-Expo, Eurocopter also announced that Fort McMurray, Alberta-based Wood Buffalo Helicopters has purchased an AS350B3e. The helicopter will join a fleet of four AS350B2s and two EC120s involved in environmental monitoring, fire suppression, equipment transfer, oil field surveying and other helicopter support operations.

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