Aircraft trader Avinco is under contract to recover, manage and remarket 21 Airbus Helicopters H225 Super Pumas previously operated by CHC Helicopter.
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As part of its U.S. bankruptcy case, CHC proposes to cut its helicopter fleet from 230 to 90 aircraft. The widespread grounding of AS332L2s and EC225LPs following the April 29 CHC Helikopter EC225LP crash that killed 13 in Norway and raised questions about those aircraft’s gearbox accelerated removal of Super Pumas from the operator’s fleet.
EASA earlier this month lifted its grounding of the AS332L2s and EC225LPs, easing Avinco’s “lengthy and complex” task of consolidating the 21 aircraft from around the world to one European location and to begin marketing them for use in 2017, the company said. Avinco, based in Dublin, Ireland, and Monaco, said the contract is the largest of its kind.
“Avinco faces an unrivaled and exciting challenge with this contract,” said CEO François Gautier. “Finding new homes for these aircraft will take creativity and good use of our network and knowledge off all helicopter operations worldwide.”