First EC145 for Kazakhstan delivered

Eurocopter EC145Eurocopter has delivered the
first EC145 helicopter to Kazakhstan,
a total of 45 EC145 helicopters will be built by a joint venture.

The joint venture,
Eurocopter Kazakhstan Engineering, will be assembling EC145s at its facilities
near the Astana International
Airport in Kazakhstan.

Eurocopter Kazakhstan
Engineering is scheduled to deliver the initial six EC145s to the Kazakh
Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Emergencies before the end of the year
for search and rescue and medical evacuation missions. The remaining
helicopters are to be delivered by the end of 2016.

“The delivery of this first
EC145 is very symbolic, as it marks the beginning of operations as part of our
cooperation with Kazakhstan Engineering,” said Olivier Michalon, global
business & services vice president for Europe and Central
Asia.

“We are very proud to be
part of the Eurocopter Kazakhstan Engineering joint venture, as it will enable
us to deploy major industrial capacities in the Kazakh aviation industry and
lay the groundwork for the development of a new, highly specialized sector in
the country. We are also convinced that the new joint venture will place
Eurocopter in an excellent position for future development locally, as we are
poised to provide operators with helicopters that are particularly well suited
for the oil & gas industry and parapublic missions, including emergency
medical services, homeland security and patrol, military, corporate and VIP.”

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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