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AW139 FOR HEVILIFT
Waypoint Leasing has placed a Leonardo AW139 with Hevilift Group
for use in the o shore oil and gas industry in the Asia-Pacific region.
Waypoint has also agreed a purchase and leaseback of an AW139
with Helicopteros Nacionales de Colombia (HELICOL) for use in the
o shore oil and gas sector in Colombia. This is Waypoint's first
deal with HELICOL and its first in Colombia.
Australia's National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC) has
extended a contract with Erickson for the 2017-18 fire season for
the use of six S-64 Aircrane firefighting helicopters for use across
the country. The contract is through Erickson's Australian
partner Kestrel Aviation. Services were expected to start in
CHC adds to fleet as resources sector picks up
CHC Helicopter has expanded into super-medium helicopter operations with a commitment
from Milestone Aviation Group to lease three new Leonardo AW189s and two Airbus H175s.
The new aircraft will be configured for energy transport missions and be deployed in the
resources sector in Australia and the North Sea.
The addition of new helicopters to the CHC fleet follows a restructuring by the global
helicopter operator following its entry into Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in May 2016.
The restructuring saw helicopters returned, leases renegotiated and orders deferred, re-
sulting in fleet cuts from around 200 helicopters to 137. The commitment to lease AW189s
and H175s from Milestone follows an improvement in the resources sector and a number
of recent contract wins by CHC.
"We are working closely with Milestone to carefully build a productive, safe and reliable
fleet to meet the varying needs of our customers throughout the world," says Karl Fessenden,
president and chief executive o icer of CHC Helicopter. He adds: "Since completing our
restructuring in March, our fleet productivity has significantly improved and matches our
historical peak levels before the oil and gas downturn. We are excited to add these new
super medium aircraft to our fleet in support of new customer contracts."
CHC recently took delivery of its first H175, with the aircraft operating in the oil and gas
industry in Aberdeen, Scotland. The H175 is configured to carry 16 passengers, has a max-
imum takeo weight of nearly 8 tonnes, features Airbus' Helionix advanced avionics and
four-axis autopilot. Some 13 of the 15 currently operational global H175s are working in the
resources sector, with the majority in the North Sea.
Meanwhile, CHC's Australian operation has been recognised for its pioneering use of night
vision technology, receiving the International Advancement Award in the 2017 Night Vision
Awards. "For the past seven years, our team in APAC has focused on exploring how night
vision technology can help keep our crews and customers safe in a variety of conditions,"
says Vince D'Rozario, CHC regional director, Asia-Pacific. --- EMMA KELLY
HELICOPTER DELIVERIES ON THE UPSWING
Civil helicopter deliveries increased 16.8
percent in the second quarter of this year
compared with the same period a year ear-
lier, according to the US General Aviation
Manufacturers Association (GAMA). The ro-
torcraft industry delivered 465 aircraft in the
first six months of 2017, worth US$1.9 billion
versus US$1.5 billion a year ago. Shipments
of piston rotorcraft increased from 116 in
2016 to 127 in 2017, while turbine rotorcraft
shipments rose from 282 last year to 338 in
2017 --- a 19.9 percent increase. For the first
six months, Airbus Helicopters achieved the
highest delivery rate, with 175 helicopters
delivered. The H125/H125M proved the most
popular type, with 70 delivered during the six
months. Airbus was followed by Robinson
Helicopter with 151 deliveries of its R22, R44
and R66. Leonardo Helicopters racked up
shipments of 83 helicopters, with the AW139,
AW119Kx and AW169 featuring strongly. Bell
Helicopter shipped 48 helicopters during
the six months, primarily Bell 429s and Bell
407GXPs, while Sikorsky Aircraft delivered
just three commercial S-76s (in the second
quarter), with its shipments primarily military
versions. --- EMMA KELLY
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