Eurocopter delivers first civil helicopter to Bangladesh

                        Eurocopter EC130 B4
Eurocopter has
delivered the first of two EC130 B4 helicopters to R&R Aviation Limited, the largest private helicopter operator in Bangladesh, marking the manufacturer’s entrance into the Bangladeshi helicopter market.

The company also showcased
a Eurocopter AS350 B3e over two days in the capital city of Dhaka to civilian operators and Bangladeshi government.

R&R Aviation, a part of Sikder Group, will use the newly-delivered helicopters for providing emergency medical services (EMS) and humanitarian support.

Rick Haque Sikder, chairman of R&R Aviation, said: “We are very proud to be the first Eurocopter operator in Bangladesh. This high performance aircraft will enable us to develop our commercial and medical services for the people of Bangladesh. We are looking forward to receiving our second EC130 B4 and we hope that this is the beginning of a long term partnership between R&R Aviation and Eurocopter, with more helicopters to come.”

“We see a promising future for the demand and deployment of helicopters in both the civil and governmental markets in Bangladesh,” said Eurocopter South East Asia president, Eric Toussaint. “With its advanced technology and versatility, the AS350 B3e is able to answer most of the country’s requirements for a variety of missions, including passenger transport, EMS, aerial work, law enforcement, disaster management, etc.”

The AS350 B3e used for the flight demonstration was on its way to Kathmandu, Nepal, to be delivered to Shree Airlines, the biggest helicopter operator in Nepal.

Photograph: Eurocopter EC130 B4 © Copyright Eurocopter, Anthony Pecchi

Terry Spruce

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