Airbus Helicopters delivers first H135 to HTM
Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first H135 for offshore wind operations to Helicopter Travel Munich (HTM) in Germany.
The company has contracts from ten windfarms and customers, including DONG, EWE, EON, Siemens, DOTI, ADWEN and Senvion. HTM is planning to serve offshore windfarms in the German Bight from its stations at Emden, Norden, Borkum and Helgoland.
The company is planning to grow its H135-family fleet to eleven helicopters by early 2016.
The H135 joins HTM’s rotorcraft fleet that includes five EC135 P2+ versions that are based along the North Sea coastline.
“We look forward to the H135 joining our inventory. With its increased OEI performance and the additional equipment features offered it is the perfect complement to our existing fleet complying already with future offshore requirements.”
Bernd Brucherseifer, managing director at HTM said: “We look forward to the H135 joining our inventory. With its increased OEI performance and the additional equipment features offered it is the perfect complement to our existing fleet complying already with future offshore requirements. The EC135 fleet has proven its reliability and safety with a perfect availability static in offshore operation since 2009 having flown more than 6.000 hours with more than 25.000 hoist cycles.”
“As wind turbines gain an increasingly important role in renewable energy, the new H135 is ready to support highly cost-effective and efficient implementation, development and maintenance of offshore wind farms,” said Axel Humpert, Head of the H135 program at Airbus Helicopters. “It is ready to join other rotorcraft in our product lines that are proving their capabilities every day in flights for the offshore oil and gas industry around the world,” added Brucherseifer.
The H135 adds to HTM’s fleet of 21 helicopters and 4 business jets. Airbus Helicopters types in the fleet include the EC145, EC120, AS350, AS355 and BK 117.
Airbus Helicopters released a short video.