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Airbus Helicopters has received its first order from Derazona
Helicopters in Indonesia, which is acquiring a fully-equipped AS350
B3e for utility missions.
Derazona Helicopters, a leading helicopter operator in Indonesia,
has been providing services that range from transportation for the
oil and gas industry to medical evacuation, aerial filming, charters
and tourism flights. For the first time in more than 40 years of
operation, Derazona Helicopters is expanding its scope of activities
to include utility missions, and has decided to make their very first
Airbus Helicopters purchase. "With our acquisition of this AS350
B3e, we are looking to expand our capabilities and provide better,
more comprehensive services to our customers," stated Ramadi
Widyardiono, Derazona Helicopters' business development manager.
"We chose the AS350 B3e as it is the most suitable solution for the
geographical landscape in Indonesia."
The single-engine rotorcraft member of Airbus Helicopters' Ecureuil
family will be delivered to the Indonesian operator this December,
with its duties including transporting external cargo loads, long-line
operations, firefighting and general heli-lift missions. "We are very
honored that an experienced and established operator like Derazona
Helicopters has placed their trust in our products to expand their scope
of capabilities," said Ludovic Boistot, Managing Director of Airbus
Helicopters' Indonesia subsidiary. "It is with pride that we welcome
them to the Airbus Helicopters family of operators today." There are
17 Ecureuil family helicopters operating in Indonesia today, and the
AS350 is recognized as the most successful and reliable helicopter in
Indonesia's utility market, demonstrating its performance and efficiency
in the country's hot and high environments.
These rotorcraft are backed by Airbus Helicopters' wholly-owned
subsidiary in Indonesia, established in 2008 to provide in-country
support for both governmental and civil customers. Last year, it
opened its own service centre in Jakarta -- the first such center owned
and operated by an international helicopter manufacturer in Indonesia
-- offering additional resources and employing a team of technicians
dedicated to providing local customer support.
The AS350 B3e is a high-performance, light single-engine helicopter
adapted for extreme operating conditions, including at very high
altitudes and temperatures, and has the capability to transport heavy
loads and perform a wide variety of missions. As an enhanced version
of the AS350 Ecureuil, it features an improved engine and new interior
design, for additional ease of piloting and maintenance. --- Colin Baker
Derazona buys first rotorcraft
from Airbus Helicopters
FlightSafety International and Sikorsky plan to offer training for
the Sikorsky S-76, Sikorsky S-92A, and Sikorsky S-76C+/C++
helicopters in the Asia-Pacific region. Training for the Sikorsky S-92A
and Sikorsky S-76C+/C++ helicopters will be offered in Singapore.
The installation of a Sikorsky S-76D helicopter Level D qualified
simulator in Southeast Asia is also planned. The Singapore-based
simulators are expected to begin operations in 2015.
"This new capability will augment FlightSafety's reach in Asia and
provide Sikorsky helicopter operators in the region with the highest
quality training using our advanced technology Level D qualified
simulators," said Bruce Whitman, President & CEO of FlightSafety.
"This significant investment further demonstrates our commitment to
serve and support Sikorsky and respond to the needs of the growing
number of Sikorsky helicopter operators in Asia."
"FlightSafety is a key partner to support Sikorsky Aircraft's
rebalancing efforts to Asia," said Christophe Nurit, Sikorsky's vice
president Asia. "The upcoming deployment of three new Level D
qualified simulators is a major signal of our joint commitment to
the Asia region. We are very pleased to continue building on a
strong legacy of unparalleled customer service."
FlightSafety offers training in Hong Kong for Gulfstream jets
and Tokyo for Bombardier aircraft. Training for Pratt & Whitney
Canada engines is available in Brisbane, Singapore and Haikou,
China --- Colin Baker
FlightSafety International & Sikorsky to boost Asia training
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