American Eurocopter announces 26 orders
American Eurocopter confirmed the sale of 26 helicopters to nine customers ranging across several product lines and announced the $250,000 donation to the MedEvac Foundation.
“This was a very solid showing for our company, our customers and our helicopters,” said Marc Paganini, president and chief executive of American Eurocopter. “Our sales announcements this year were for a variety of helicopters and really highlighted the depth of our product line for the US air medical market from single engine to light and medium twins.”
From the single-engine product lines, American Eurocopter announced sales of 10 aircraft. These included one AS350 B3 for EagleMed, four AS350 B3e helicopters for Air Medical Resource Group and five EC130s for Milestone Aviation. Treg Manning, American Eurocopter’s vice president of sales said, “Our single-engine helicopters have been gaining traction with operators looking for reliability and durability coupled with low operating costs.”
According to Manning, the light and medium twin-engine product lines, the EC135 and EC145 respectively, represent some of the most popular aircraft for the US air medical industry. “Our EC135 and EC145 helicopters have steadily become the helicopters of choice for many air medical operators and programs around the country. Both aircraft are multi-mission capable and provide the performance and cabin capacity for many specialized air medical missions and crews that our customers require,” he said.
During AMTC 2011, American Eurocopter announced the sale of six EC135s with three helicopters purchased by Helicopter Marketing Associates and three ordered by an undisclosed customer. For the EC145, American Eurocopter identified the sale of 10 aircraft. There were four EC145s sold to OSF Aviation, three to Sanford Health, two to Duke Life Flight, and one to Allegheny LifeFlight.
In addition to the many sales highlighted at the show, American Eurocopter and the MedEvac Foundation International announced that American Eurocopter has donated $250,000 to the Foundation to support its efforts and research to promote safety in the industry.
“The Foundation’s research-related projects directly impact the air medical industry and provide important data to help promote and improve safety throughout the industry,” said Paganini. The donation will be a $200,000 cash donation, spread over four years, and a $50,000 in-kind donation of simulator time at American Eurocopter’s Training Center in Grand Prairie, Texas, which can be used for training in courses such as the new Inadvertent Instrument Meteorological Conditions Recovery course.