New York City-based charter and tour operator Liberty Helicopters has taken delivery of two AS350B2 AStars purchased from Airbus Helicopters Inc. The first went into service in December and the second will enter service by March. Part of a planned fleet upgrade, the two new B2s bring Liberty’s fleet to 15 Airbus Helicopters aircraft owned or managed for both tour and charter work. The fleet includes 10 AStars, three AS355 Twin Stars, an AS365 Dauphin and an EC135.
Airbus Helicopters is installing a full assembly line in its Columbus, Miss. Production facility for the AS350 series helicopters, with the first aircraft to be rolled out in the fourth quarter of 2014.