DRF Luftrettung orders 25 EC145 T2 helicopters

Eurocopter and DRF Luftrettung signingEurocopter and DRF Luftrettung have signed a
purchase agreement for 25 helicopters. The German air rescue service will use
the EC145 T2 helicopters to replace their current helicopter fleet of BK117
helicopters. The DRF Luftrettung expects to put the first five helicopters into
24 hour service starting December 2013 to the end of 2015. The total value of
this order is close to €200 million.

The remaining 20 helicopters in this order
are to be delivered in phases through 2022. All EC145 T2 helicopters ordered by
the DRF Luftrettung will be produced in Donauwörth,
Germany and
delivered to the customer from there following final assembly. The DRF
Luftrettung, based in Filderstadt, operates a total of 31 helicopter stations
in Germany, Austria and Denmark, eight of them in 24-hour

At the signing, Dr Wolfgang Schoder, member
of the executive committee of Eurocopter and responsible for all helicopter
programmes said “The conclusion of this forward-looking agreement with the DRF
Luftrettung is particularly satisfying for us, as it affirms once more our
position as the world’s leading provider of helicopters in the air rescue
segment. I am also just as pleased by the fact that with this agreement we are
continuing a long-standing partnership with the DRF Luftrettung that has been a
success on both sides.”

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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