Weststar Aviation of Malaysia orders two EC225s
Weststar Aviation of Malaysia has ordered its first heavy lift helicopters for oil and gas operations.
The order was announced on the opening day of the Langkawi Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) in Malaysia.
A Memorandum of Understanding for the EC225s was signed by company officials, witnessed by Malaysian Minister of Defense, YB Dato’ Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
Weststar Aviation expect to begin operating their new helicopters in 2014, the EC225s will strengthen their position in the global oil and gas market.
“We are delighted that Weststar has selected Eurocopter to provide for their heavy helicopter needs in their expansion plans,” said Olivier Lambert, Eurocopter’s senior vice president for Sales and Customer Relations. “It is great to see an ambitious and impressive oil and gas operator such as Weststar extending its fleet with the leading heavy aircraft in its category after two years of operations with medium helicopters. Eurocopter is proud to accompany Weststar on its expansion journey with our state-of-the-art EC225.”
Formed in April 2003, Weststar Aviation Services provides general aviation charter services, personal transport, aerial utility services and offshore transport.
“The EC225 is a well-recognized helicopter worldwide for oil and gas operations. This addition will definitely enhance Weststar’s current venture into international markets such as the Middle East, Africa and South America,” explained Tan Sri Syed Azman Syed Ibrahim, Weststar Group managing director.
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