Helicopters Nakanihon Air adds further H215 helicopter to its fleet

Japan´s Nakanihon Air has ordered a further Airbus Helicopter H215 to enhance its fleet.

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Airbus Helicopters has signed a new purchase agreement with Japanese operator Nakanihon Air. The deal sees a new H215 heavy helicopter being added to one of Japan´s largest helicopter operators.

According to the manufacturer, Nakanihon Air will use the H215 aircraft to shore up its capabilities to perform utility and aerial work in Japan. The H215 is known for being suitable for such kinds of missions and will be a good addition to the operator´s fleet.

Taku Shibata, President of Nakanihon Air said: “We are looking forward to receiving Airbus’ mission-proven H215 to support our wide-ranging activities in Japan [...] We believe the H215 offers the enhanced precision and stability we require, which will not only boost mission readiness but will also build up our fleet capabilities. We are happy to further this partnership with the Airbus Helicopters team in Japan that understands our needs and has supported our operations for many years.”

“We are pleased to support Nakanihon Air’s growing business. We thank our customer for their continued confidence in our long-lasting relationship as demonstrated by this first H215 order,” added Guillaume Leprince, Managing Director of Airbus Helicopters in Japan. “Thanks to a 4-axis dual duplex digital autopilot system in an intuitive glass cockpit, the H215 provides enhanced mission efficiency and safety while simplifying crew workload. We are confident that it will be an asset to Nakanihon Air, offering the excellent performance they expect.”

Airbus Helicopters´ H215 Super Puma is twin-engine heavy-lift helicopter and member of the Super Puma family. Currently, 28 helicopters of the family are being operated in Japan, mainly by civil operators, parapublic operators or the Ministry of Defense.

The aircraft is known for its high availability rate, its performance and the competitive operating costs. The H215 features state-of-the-art technologies and can be used in two mission roles, firstly for multi-role operations and then also for aerial work and utility missions.

Nakanihon Air Service is headquartered in Toyoyama and commenced operations in 1953. The airbus helicopter fleet already consists of 45 helicopters. Nakanihon Air also operates an Airbus-approved maintenance center for H135 helicopters.

Source © airbus.com

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