Helicopters Airbus Helicopters delivers 200th H145 to Norsk Luftambulanse
Norwegian operator Norsk Luftambulanse has received Airbus Helicopters’ 200th H145.
The delivery of the 200th aircraft marks a milestone for Airbus Helicopters and its H145 programme. In 2015, the H145 was introduced to the market.
Norsk Luftambulanse received its new aircraft at Airbus Helicopters´ facility at Donauwörth, Germany. Now, the operator has an Airbus fleet of eight H145s and seven H135. The 200th H145 is the final aircraft of the carrier’s order.
The aircraft will be used for Air Rescue Operations and Helicopters Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) from several bases in Norway. From June 1st, 2018, Norsk Luftambulanse will commence operations as the national HEMS operator of the country.
With last week´s delivery, Norsk Luftambulanse is now the only air ambulance operator worldwide to have the whole fleet equipped with Airbus Helicopters´ modern avionics program “Helionix”.
Globally, Airbus Helicopters´ H145 has achieved more than 100,000 flight hours since the first aircraft was delivered in 2015. Babcock, an HEMS and police mission operator, is the largest operator of the aircraft. The operator also was the launch customer of the H145.
The H145 family consists of the H145, the EC145 and the BK117. Accumulated, all aircraft have flown more than five million hours. To date, 1,400 helicopters have been delivered to worldwide customers.
Many operators use the H145, because the large and flexible cabin can be quickly reconfigured. The compact multi-purpose twin-engine aircraft has the lowest maintenance costs in its class, powerful engines and features the new Helionix avionics system, which was developed by Airbus. The aircraft offers a four-axis autopilot.
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