First Airbus H160 enters US service with PHI Aviation

PHI has received the first H160 for commercial operations in the US.

Airbus has delivered the first H160 to US launch customer PHI Aviation.

The first Airbus H160 has entered US service with PHI Aviation. The aircraft is the first of an initial four H160 deliveries that will be tasked with offshore transport in the Gulf of Mexico.

Before starting commercial operations, the H160 will fly a route-proving programme designed to demonstrate the Airbus H160’s capabilities in the demanding offshore environment. The missions are designed to ensure the operator and final customer are familiar with the helicopter’s advanced systems.

Scott McCarty, CEO, PHI Group described the entry into service as an exciting milestone. “The H160 represents a new era for PHI, enhancing our commitment to safety, quality and efficiency for our operations in the Gulf of Mexico,” said McCarty. “We are proud to officially welcome this next-generation aircraft into our fleet as we kick off route-proving. Congratulations to everyone who helped make this achievement possible.”

Bruno Even, CEO, Airbus Helicopters said the H160 has set a new standard in the helicopter industry. “The H160’s lower fuel consumption, its ability to use up to 50% blended SAF, comfortable cabin, and excellent cockpit visibility make it ideally suited for offshore operations and we are confident that it will excel in PHI’s energy missions,” said Even.

The first Canadian H160 delivery was made recently to Chartright Air Group. The helicopter is already in commercial service in Brazil, Japan, Saudi Arabia, France and many other European countries.

Meanwhile, in May LCI and Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing ordered 14 new Airbus helicopters, including H160s, as the leasing joint venture tries to guarantee supply. The order also included light twin H145s and super medium H175 helicopters.

The CEO of Airbus Helicopters is Bruno Even.

Bruno Even, CEO, Airbus Helicopters said the H160 is “ideally suited to offshore operations”.

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