Metro Aviation orders six EC145e helicopters

Metro Aviation has purchased six EC145e helicopters from Airbus Helicopters Inc. Metro is the first North American customer for the new lighter weight EC145.

The two companies have also launched a North America demonstration tour to show operators the different roles that the helicopter can be used in. The tour features the first EC145e equipped with a Metro Aviation developed and certified air medical equipment package and air conditioning system.

“Airbus Helicopters Inc. is excited that Metro Aviation has demonstrated its confidence in our company and Airbus Helicopters products by making such a strong commitment to the EC145e.”

Christopher Emerson, president of Airbus Helicopters Inc said: “Airbus Helicopters Inc. is excited that Metro Aviation has demonstrated its confidence in our company and Airbus Helicopters products by making such a strong commitment to the EC145e. With its lower acquisition price and increased payload capacity, the EC145e offers operators an aircraft that can increase productivity and provide more economic value.”

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  • The first phase of the EC145e demonstration tour will continue through September. The aircraft will then be available for demonstration flights at the Air Medical Transport Conference, Oct. 19-21 in Long Beach, CA.

    A second phase of the demonstration tour will begin after the AMTC and continue through mid-November.

    “The EC145e is a versatile aircraft that will be a great fit for a diverse group of customers.”

    Milton Geltz, managing director of Metro Aviation added: “The EC145e is a versatile aircraft that will be a great fit for a diverse group of customers. Our completion center has the expertise to equip the EC145e for a wide range of mission profiles. The versatility and price point of the EC145e make it an attractive addition to a large number of rotor wing fleets.”

    The EC145e has been certificated by both the FAA and EASA.

    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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