Royal Bhutan Helicopter Services takes delivery of H130
Royal Bhutan Helicopter Services has received its second H130 aircraft.
The first H130 entered service in the Kingdom in October last year. The new helicopter will join the first to perform similar missions.
In the first seven months the company completed 46 medical evacuations and fire-fighting operations, evacuating about 40 patients and protecting natural forests, aligning environmentally-conscious Bhutan’s environmental policy of the Royal Government. The first H130 has ferried more than 400 passengers including VIP and tourism flights.
“With the arrival of the second H130, our reliability in terms of delivering services has increased as opposed to having a single H130 in the fleet.”
Chewang Gyeltshen, CEO of the Royal Bhutan Helicopter Services said: “With the arrival of the second H130, our reliability in terms of delivering services has increased as opposed to having a single H130 in the fleet. Both helicopters will be deployed for the similar missions as mandated by the Royal Government of Bhutan. The H130 has lived up to our expectations with its multi-mission capabilities, wide versatility and superior flight experience because of the wide passenger cabin and low noise signature. We have received numerous positive feedback from the various missions performed so far by the H130 that was procured and at the same time, able to meet the mission requirements of the Royal Government of Bhutan.”
The H130 is capable of performing in high-altitude conditions. Based at 7,400 feet in Paro International Airport, the H130 demonstrated its performance in a country, where temperature is ISA+20⁰C. The Kingdom of Bhutan located in between China and India, is at the heart of Himalayan mountain range reaching more than 17,000ft, with narrow valleys and rugged terrain.