Pawan Hans receives excellence award

Pawan Hans in India has been awarded an Airbus Helicopters’ excellence award in logging 450,000 flight hours with its Dauphin fleet.

The award was given during the Aero India 2015 air show at Bengaluru’s Air Force Station Yelahanka.

As India’s national helicopter company, Pawan Hans has logged the highest number of flight hours with the twin-engine Dauphin in India – and the second highest in the world.

At the beginning of 2015, approximately 450,000 airborne hours had been accumulated with its fleet of 35 Dauphins – 18 SA365 N and 17 AS365 N3 helicopters.

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Xavier Hay, managing director of Airbus Helicopters’ Customer Center in India, says: “Pawan Hans is one of most trusted names in Indian aviation today, and its Dauphins serve as the flagship rotorcraft in this operator’s fleet – with a proven track record of reliable operations in offshore and onshore sectors. We are committed to continuing the relationship with Pawan Hans, backed by our company’s dedication to safety, reliability and efficiency.”

Sh. BS Bhullar, chairman and managing director of Pawan Hans Limited adds: “The Dauphin is perfectly tailored to our needs, having successfully served us for 30 years. The helicopters have proven their ability to perform all types of missions, especially in offshore operations.”

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: or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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