|From left to right: CNN CEO Patrick Molis, Eurocopter CEO Lutz Bertling and Heli-Union CEO Jean-Christophe Schmitt. Eurocopter
Eurocopter has delivered two EC225s to French air transport operator, Heli-Union. The new helicopters will be used for offshore oil and gas transport missions. Heli-Union has also purchased four EC175s, with a projected delivery date of 2013.
The manufacturer has also received an order for seven EC225LP Super Pumas from CITIC Offshore Helicopter Co. (COHC) in China for oil and gas transport missions. In addition to the purchase, the two companies are developing a joint venture that will focus on cooperative training and launch a Chinese maintenance facility. Deliveries of the EC225s are set to start in December 2012 and run until 2015.
In addition, Eurocopter has agreed to supply a second EC225 to the Tokyo Fire Department’s Tachikawa Air Squadron. The helicopter will be equipped with a belly-mounted water tank and EMS interior, and is expected to service Tokyo city, western mountainous areas and Hachijo-jima Island. The EC225 will join Tachikawa’s existing fleet, which consists of seven Eurocopter types—four Dauphin N3s, two Super Puma L1s and one EC225.