PhilJets confirmed a financer and ordered three Airbus Helicopters aircraft at Rotorcraft Asia, the company said April 18. Taipei-based Chailease is to finance PhilJets’ upcoming new Airbus H130. PhilJets placed an order for a H145 and two H130s. The operator currently has a fleet of six Airbus aircraft, including four H130s, one Eurocopter EC130 B4 and one AS350 B2. When this order is delivered, Philjets said it would become the largest Airbus helicopter operator in the Philippines.
Delivery is scheduled for the last quarter of 2017. The aircraft are to support VIP transport and tourism. PhilJets said it is currently exploring the air medical and cargo transport markets. It is possible the helicopters would support those missions as well.
“The limited oil and gas, and military markets contributed to an understated helicopter market in the Philippines as a whole, especially when the market remains fragmented with a multitude of medium and small operators, and numerous individual owners operating one to two helicopters each at most,” said Thierry Tea, founder and CEO of PhilJets Group. “Establishing PhilJets in 2013, our goal was to develop the business aviation market in the Philippines to a state where it can receive the attention it deserves. Airbus’ helicopters served our needs very well and we have full confidence of the continued reliability and performance as we grow our fleet to bolster our operations.”
Apache North Sea Ltd. has tapped Bristow Helicopters for Sikorsky S-92 and Leonardo AW189 services, Bristow said April 18. The contract has a five-year primary term and an option for extensions. Work is scheduled to start Sept. 1.
CoxHealth has placed an order for an air medical MD Helicopters MD 902, the manufacturer said April 19. When delivered, Cox Health would become the first emergency medical service operator to field Genesys Aerosystems’ Advanced IDU-680 integrated all-glass cockpit. The helicopter is also to be fitted with a United Rotorcraft air-medical interior.
The helicopter was previously operated by the Dutch Police and U.S. Coast Guard. Before its fielded, the aircraft is to undergo a 900-to-902 upgrade at MD’s facility in Mesa, Arizona. The upgrade, which MD exclusively offers, includes new Pratt & Whitney PW207E turboshaft engines, an integrated instrument display system, revised engine air inlets, improved NOTAR inlet design and an improved stabilizer control system. This would be CoxHealth’s second MD Explorer.
Two Bell Helicopter 429s have been delivered to PT Carpediem Mandiri, Bell said April 19 at Rotorcraft Asia. The aircraft are to support the Flight Calibration Dept. of the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation. Bell said these are the first 429s to be used for flight calibration operations in Indonesia, performing instrument calibration for helicopter ground instrument landing and departing systems at airports, heliports and helipads.
The same day, Bell said that Bangladeshi operator Meghna Aviation Ltd. signed a purchase agreement for the country’s first 429. It would be used for corporate transport, leisure and utility.
Punjab has taken delivery of a Russian Helicopters Mi-171E in a transport configuration, the manufacturer said April 19. The government is expected to use the multi-role aircraft for passenger and freight transport, sanitation tasks, patrol and air medical services.
News outlets have reported that the Nigerian Air Force has taken delivery of two Mi-35ms this week.