In a well-timed announcement on the first day of Helitech, Eurocopter revealed that the Avincis Group has purchased three new EC225s for its subsidiary Bond Helicopters Australia.
Following a series of incidents involving the Super Puma family of aircraft serving the North Sea oil and gas sector, this public demonstration of confidence in the EC225 from Avincis helps Eurocopter re-establish the type’s longevity and acceptance among industry customers. EASA certified the EC225 fleet was certified to fly again in North Sea operations from the UK on July 10 with the proviso of Eurocopter’s fixes and modifications being applied before flight.
Avincis Group’s Martin Whittaker (left) and Eurocopter’s Dominique Maudet. Photo by Andrew Drwiega
Bond will use the three aircraft to support PTTEP Australasia’s activities in the Timor Sea (PTTEP Australasia is part of Thailand’s national petroleum exploration and production company).
According to Eurocopter executive vice president of global business and services, Dominique Maudet “over 75 percent of the EC225s worldwide are now back in service.” Further emphasizing Eurocopter’s pushback on the recent incidents, he added that “the EC225 will be a benchmark in oil and gas operations for years to come.”
Avincis Group director of fleet and engineering Martin Whittaker said that his company was looking forward to deploying the aircraft and adding them to their existing Eurocopter fleet of around 170 helicopters (out of a global fleet of 350 helicopters).