Hong Kong GFS orders seven H175s

Hong Kong-based Government Flying Services (GFS) has ordered seven Airbus Helicopters H175s, becoming the first customer for the public service configured H175.

GFS is a department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, with the main responsibility of providing 24-hour emergency support services.

“The H175 ticks all the right boxes for our mission requirements.”

Captain Michael Chan, Controller of GFS said: “The H175 ticks all the right boxes for our mission requirements. We are confident that the addition of the H175s to our fleet will enhance our capabilities to serve the local community inshore and out at sea.”

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Deliveries of the H175 will begin towards end of 2017 with the first batch of three aircraft, followed by the remaining four in 2018.

“I want to extend my sincere thanks to GFS for selecting our new-generation rotorcraft. After the successful entry into service of the H175 in oil and gas configuration, the launch of the H175 public services version is another important milestone in this program.”

Guillaume Faury, president & CEO of Airbus Helicopters added: “I want to extend my sincere thanks to GFS for selecting our new-generation rotorcraft. After the successful entry into service of the H175 in oil and gas configuration, the launch of the H175 public services version is another important milestone in this program. The enlarged mission scope will not only be good news for public services providers, but also for oil & gas operators, as they will benefit from having the ability to equip themselves for a quick role change for SAR operations.”

Norbert Ducrot, Airbus Helicopters head of North Asia region said: “This acquisition is an outstanding recognition of the H175, as GFS is a world reference for SAR operations in highly demanding missions that require long range and good performance in all-weather conditions. We sincerely thank them for placing their trust in our products and we will continue to put in our utmost efforts in ensuring efficient and close support for their fleet.”

Hong Kong GFS is currently flying a fleet of three AS332s and four H155 helicopters on firefighting, search and rescue missions.

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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