By By Emma Kelly, Australia and Pacific Correspondent | June 10, 2014
Airbus Helicopters is in discussions with potential customers in the Asia-Pacific region on possible purchases following a recent successful tour of the EC175 and EC145 T2 in the region. Asia is an area where Airbus sees great potential for its products and the manufacturer has been focused on growing its business in the region for some time, it acknowledges.
The manufacturer has been particularly successful meeting the needs of oil and gas industry customers in the region, with it claiming to hold about 35 percent of the oil and gas fleet in Asia, with the EC225 dominating the heavy category. Worldwide, Airbus Helicopters says it has a 25 percent market share of the oil and gas industry, with about 2,200 helicopters operating in the industry.
During the tour, the EC175, configured for oil and gas operations, visited Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand, while the EC145 T2 took in Brunei, Malaysia and Thailand. The multi-mission EC145 T2 performed flights for representatives of the local military, law enforcement, corporate, emergency medical services, search and rescue, and oil and gas industries. During the tour, the manufacturer also hosted an oil and gas symposium in Kuala Lumpur.
Asia has a number of growth areas in the oil and gas sector, including Malaysia, Vietnam, China, India, Indonesia and Myanmar, says Airbus Helicopters, with countries in the region increasingly moving towards deepwater exploration. “The number of offshore platforms equipped with helidecks is soaring, with an estimated 400 additional platforms to be installed in the Asia-Pacific region between 2014 and 2020,” the company notes.
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