Norwegian operator Helitrans has acquired four light single H125 Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft for missions including power line construction, firefighting, sightseeing trips, aerial photography and reindeer herding. The four new aircraft will be delivered in spring 2019.
“We have been operating the H125 for almost 20 years and we are very happy to enlarge our fleet with four additional helicopters to support our expansion,” says CEO Richard Simonsen. “The aircraft's high performance and versatility provide great mission flexibility, which is essential for our company's wide portfolio of services.”
Operating from eight bases throughout the country, Helitrans is one of the largest helicopter companies in Norway and one of the top 30 civil operators in Europe. With the four new aircraft, its fleet will include 22 Airbus light single helicopters, mainly H125s with two H130s.
“We want to thank our customer Helitrans for its renewed confidence in the H125,” says Airbus Helicopters sales manager for western Europe Thomas Hein. “The helicopter offers by far the highest value for money to customers worldwide and keeps evolving to better answer their needs. While the new glass cockpit provides pilots with a highly visible and customisable instrument panel, the recent maintenance plan modifications have largely contributed to reduce aircraft maintenance costs.”
The H125 and H130 account for almost 70 per cent of deliveries in their respective categories over the last five years. The 'Ecureuil' fleet is composed of 5,000 helicopters in service with some 1,900 operators across the globe, and has accumulated more than 30 million flight hours.