AS332 C1e launch customer tops-up original order

AS 332C1e launch customer Starlite Aviation has added an additional two firm orders to its original firm order for two helicopters, and two options.

The announcement was made at Heli-Expo 2014, where the first production AS332 C1e is being displayed in the livery of Starlite Aviation Group.

Starlite Aviation will take delivery of the aircraft during March and are expecting to deploy the helicopter in Kosovo. This follows closely Airbus Helicopters’ delivery of the second AS332 C1e last week to the operator, who will use it under Irish registry on a utility and medevac contract for EULEX – the European Union Rule of Law Mission deployed in Kosovo.

Slade Thomas, CEO of Starlite Aviation, said: “Starlite Aviation Group is extremely proud to take delivery of the first of the new Super Puma AS332 C1e helicopters. At Starlite we know the demands of commercial medium-heavy utility sector and we are delighted to be taking delivery of new equipment to help us continue with our growth across four continents. Being the launch customer of this new Super Puma is a measure of our faith in Airbus Helicopters.”

“Having Starlite Aviation as the launch customer is a strong endorsement of the AS332 C1e,” explained Guillaume Faury, Airbus Helicopters president, “This rotorcraft responds to the need for a robust, modern medium-to-heavy lift helicopter with exceptional performance – and which can be produced rapidly based on a standardized equipment list.”

Starlite Aviation placed its initial order for two firm and two options of the helicopters in November 2012, and has since firmed up the two AS332 C1e options for deliveries this December.

Airbus Helicopters highlighted the AS332C1e in their Day 3 video at Heli-Expo 2014

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: terry@corporatejetinvestor.com or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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