American Eurocopter has secured an order from Air Methods for 22 helicopters, 10 of which are the upgraded “T2” version of the EC130 that was uncovered at Heli-Expo in February 2012. The order, which also includes six copies each of the AS350B3e and EC135P2e, is valued at more than $80 million. Englewood, Colo.-based Air Methods operates a fleet of more than 330 Eurocopter variants, which make up around 80 percent of its fleet. Air Methods division United Rotorcraft will carry out completions work on the helicopters. American Eurocopter plans to start deliveries to the air medical provider in mid-2014, running through 2015. Air Methods has also purchased 20 Bell 407GXs in a separate deal with Bell Helicopter.
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