Sonair takes delivery of a new EC225 helicopter

Airbus Helicopters handed over an EC225 helicopter to Sonair, a subsidiary of the Sonangol Group of Angola, during a ceremony in France

SonAir’s fleet of Airbus Helicopters includes 11 EC225s, four AS332 L2s and three AS365 N3s. SonAir is in the process of adding a total of five additional EC225s to its inventory, three of which will be leased from Milestone Aviation Group.

ALSO READ: Milestone Aviation Group signs up SonAir for three EC225s

Guillaume Faury , CEO of Airbus Helicopters, said: “The expansion of SonAir’s EC225 fleet underscores their confidence in this powerful helicopter for highly-demanding missions. It reinforces our long term relationship and our commitment to fully support their growing activity in Africa.”

João Andrade, CEO of Sonair, said: “By growing our fleet, SonAir will benefit from the EC225’s performance, range and power. We look forward to continuing to serve our customers with one of the best aircraft in oil and gas helicopter transportation.”

SonAir was founded 35 years ago as the aviation department of the Sonangol Group in Angola, today the company operates 25 helicopters, the majority of these aircraft support the oil and gas industry.

Airbus Helicopters released a short video on the new EC225 vertical shaft gear.

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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