Milestone Aviation leases 11 Airbus H225s to Air Center
Milestone Aviation has added 11 Airbus H225 helicopters to the Air Center Helicopters, Inc (“ACHI”) fleet. The aircraft will be delivered throughout 2021 and 2022 and will be used for training and transport missions for US government contract operations.
Milestone now leases 18 H225 helicopters into ACHI’s fleet.
As the largest civilian owner of the H225, Milestone worked closely with ACHI and Airbus Helicopters to repurpose the helicopter type into new missions including Vertical Replenishment (VERTREP), a method of supply of seaborne vessels by helicopter, casualty and medical evacuations (CASEVAC / MEDEVAC).
Rod Tinney, CEO of Air Center Helicopters said: “The long-term partnerships with Milestone Aviation and Airbus Helicopters have been a key factor in the success of giving the H225 a new life among heavy helicopters operated in non-O&G environments.”
The H225 fleet is also operated by ACHI in the US where it is used for training purposes. The H225 was also recently deployed in support of the SpaceX Crew Dragon.
Pat Sheedy, CEO of Milestone Aviation said: “We are extremely proud of the work we have accomplished with Air Center Helicopters. The team has demonstrated great leadership to successfully transition the H225 into the utility role including some exciting new missions such as supporting the SpaceX program and has fostered a unique partnership in the process.”
Milestone’s head of Europe & Americas, Sebastien Moulin, recently told Helicopter/VTOL Investor’s virtual Town Hall meeting that the company expects some positive signs, with more projects to follow in the second half of 2021.