Airbus has this week delivered the first of two new H130 helicopters to Australian tourism operator Nautilus Aviation and its new partnership with the Quicksilver Group, based in Port Douglas.
“As we have been successfully operating the H130s for a number of years now, the choice of new aircraft for the Quicksilver operation was an easy one to make,” said Nautilus Aviation Chief Executive Aaron Finn. “It’s the ideal helicopter for tourist operations in terms of comfort, view and ease of maintainability. With the ability to carry seven passengers, the H130 becomes a very economical platform to operate in a high-volume operation. The addition of the latest H130 brings the total in our fleet to four with the delivery of a fifth expected later this year.”
The single-engine H130 is in widespread use with sightseeing services, charter operators and emergency medical services because it is one of the quietest traditional helicopters on the market, according to Andrew Mathewson, managing director of Airbus Australia Pacific.
“Its very low sound level is quieter than the most restrictive limits defined for flights over national parks, animal reserves, and urban areas, and it is ideal for operations over the iconic Great Barrier Reef,” Mathewson said in a statement
Airbus has a long-standing business relationship with Nautilus Aviation and the new purchases extend that agreement with through-life support of the new and existing Airbus helicopter fleet, encompassing HCare service solutions and full technical support, Mathewson said.
“I’m delighted that Airbus was able to hand over the new H130 helicopter, in new distinctive Quicksilver livery, at the Airbus approved maintenance center, Pacific Crown Helicopters, based at the Sunshine Coast Airport,” he said.
Today, there are around 700 H130 helicopters flying globally by more than 380 operators in 65 countries. 36% of the global H130 fleet is used for commercial passenger transportation and tourism.