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that protects customers’ budgets and their aircraft and increases
aircraft availability at rates competitive to published direct main-
tenance costs. PT APU has signed for the premier plan offering,
protecting the residual value of its aircraft while being supported
by Bell Helicopter ’s global support network,” Bell said.
“Our friends at PT APU have been a valued customer for more than
20 years, and we are pleased the first Bell 407GXP in Indonesia will
be delivered to this world-class operator,” said Sameer Rehman, Bell
Helicopter ’s managing director for Asia-Pacific. “ To further enhance
the service experience for which Bell Helicopter is known, PT APU’s
decision to sign for the CAP fleet-wide for the Bell 407 lends further
evidence to the relevance of this program for fleet customers who
count on our award-winning service. I expect the Bell 407GXP to
continue to make inroads in Indonesia where the operating environ-
ment demands a reliable and trustworthy single-engine platform.”
Bell Helicopter also announced a deal with Terra Barbaza Aviation
of the Philippines for a Bell 429, which is the customer ’s second
aircraft and will be used for corporate and VIP transport and Bell
announced it will deliver two Bell 429s to Carpediem Mandiri for
supply to the Flight Calibration Department of the Indonesian Min-
istry of Transportation. The delivery marks the first two Bell 429s
to be used for flight calibration operations throughout Indonesia,
performing instrument calibration for Helicopter Ground Instrument
Landing and Departing Systems at airports, heliports and helipads.
Bell also announced it had signed a deal for a Bell 429 with Meghna
Aviation in Bangladesh, making it the first Bell 429 to operate in Bang-
ladesh providing corporate, leisure and utility charter. And Bell also
announced that India’s Tata Steel Group had purchased a second Bell
429 helicopter to support their steel production operations.
Finally, Bell announced deals with Vietnam Helicopter Corporation
(VNH) for two Bell 505s. VNH will be the first Bell 505 Jet Ranger
X operator in Vietnam and will use the aircraft for its multi-mission
capabilities, including tourism, utility and search and rescue.
Airbus Helicopters signed a deal with Philjets Group of the Phil-
ippines for several new models including an order for one new
H145 and two H130 helicopters. With this additional order, PhilJets
which currently operates six Airbus rotorcraft including four H130s,
one EC130 B4 and one AS350 B2, becomes the Philippines’ largest
operator of Airbus’ helicopters in the country, with a total of nine.
Both the twin-engine H145 and the two single-engine H130
helicopters are scheduled for delivery in the last quarter of 2017.
These new helicopters will be used to support PhilJets’ growing VIP,
corporate and tourism businesses throughout the Philippine archi-
pelago, with the possibility of adding new missions, as the operator
explores expansion plans into the emergency medical services and
cargo transport sectors.
“ The Philippines civil market remains fragmented with a multitude
of medium and small operators, and numerous individual owners
operating one to two helicopters each at most,” said Thierry Tea,
founder and CEO of PhilJets Group. “Establishing PhilJets in 2013,
our goal was to develop the business aviation market in the Philip-
pines to a state where it can receive the attention it deserves. Airbus’
helicopters served our needs very well and we have full confidence
of the continued reliability and performance as we grow our fleet
to bolster our operations”.
With 200 helicopters plying the skies of the Philippines, the
country ranks eighth in Asia in helicopter fleets, after Australia,
New Zealand, Japan, China, India, South Korea and Indonesia. In
Southeast Asia itself, the Philippines is the second-largest market
and one of the most active.
The H145 is the latest member of the 4-ton-class twin-engine hel-
icopter family, which has a fleet of close to 1,200 in service globally,
clocking over 4.6 million flight hours. While the aircraft is the leading
choice in the EMS and corporate transportation segments, its built-
in versatility makes it the best candidate for a variety of missions. The
light rotorcraft incorporates Airbus Helicopters’ trademark Fenestron
and innovative Helionix avionics suite for enhanced safety, increased
performance and reduced pilot workload.
The lightweight multi-role H130 has a spacious cabin for one pilot
and seats up to seven passengers. The largest of any single-engine
rotorcraft in the world yet the quietest in its category, the H130 is suit-
ed for a wide range of missions, including passenger transportation,
sightseeing, medical airlift, law enforcement and search and rescue.
American manufacturer Sikorsky also announced new deals at
Rotorcraft Asia, including plans to expand its S-92 and S-76 helicopter
support services. Thai Aviation Services is scheduled to become the
first Sikorsky Customer Support Centre in Thailand by the end of 2017.
“ This decision further exemplifies Sikorsky’s commitment to the
Asia-Pacific region and to our continued focus on customer support
excellence,” said Christophe Nurit, Sikorsky’s regional sales execu-
tive for Asia. “As the preferred service centre in Thailand, Thai Avia-
tion Services will provide a critical role in offering the highest level of
support for Sikorsky helicopters in a strategically important region.”
Customer Support Centres enable quick access to Sikorsky
logistics and spare parts inventory for operators while providing
advanced service capabilities. The Thai support centre will be
Sikorsky’s seventh in the Asia-Pacific region and add to the growing
network of 20 Sikorsky support centres worldwide.
Meanwhile, Singapore-based Rotortrade Services, an independ-
ent multi-brand helicopter brokerage service company and exclusive
global distributor of Leonardo’s pre-owned helicopters, said at the
show that it has been retained by the law firm of Holland & Knight,
which is helping to place 13 helicopters involved in the CHC Group/
CHC Helicopter Chapter 11 reorganisation. The line-up consists of
EC225, AS139, S76C++ and AS332L1 helicopters, with offshore and
SAR configurations, located in the UK , Norway, Netherlands, South
Africa and Brazil. Under the agreement, Rotortrade will help resolve
certain legal problems and Rotortrade is responsible for managing,
maintaining and selling the helicopters ultimately abandoned.
◀ Bell officials and officials from Meghna Aviation in Bangladesh
celebrate their deal for a 429 helicopter.
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