Airbus Helicopters EC225: Buyer’s and Investor’s Guide

The EC225 was developed by Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter) from the AS332 Super Puma and is a highly successful helicopter especially in the oil and gas industry, where it is used to transfer rig workers and equipment. The EC225 can also be operated as a VIP transport carrying eight to 12 passengers with two pilots. The EC225 has also been developed into a military version, the EC725.

Missions: Offshore, Corporate, EMS, Search & Rescue

First delivery: 2004

Category: Twin Engine


Maximum speed (Vne): 175 kts 324 km/hr

Cruise speed (Vh): 149 kts 276 km/hr

Hover ceiling, In-Ground Effect (TOP):  9,094 ft 2,772 m

Service ceiling: 19,350 ft 5,900 m

Maximum Range: 474 nm/877 km (no reserve)


Maximum takeoff gross weight: 24,251 lb 11,000 kg

Empty weight: 11,621 lb 5,271 kg

Useful load: 12,630 lb 5,729 kg

Passengers (crew): 24 (two pilots plus flight attendant)

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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