CHC gets its first H175


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Dallas-based operator CHC Helicopter be taking delivery of its first Airbus H175 and will place the aircraft on offshore oil and gas operations.

The H175 is configured for full offshore passenger transport, allowing CHC to begin training and adjustment ahead of operational launch in August 2017. The aircraft will be configured to carry 16 passengers.

The helicopter will be placed at CHC’s site in Aberdeen, with all spare parts and repairable items  covered by Airbus’ HCare services contract.

Dave Balevic, senior vice president, engineering and operations at CHC Helicopter, said: “The H175 allows us to continue to refine our global fleet to meet the unique needs of our customers while offering the latest aircraft technology and capabilities.”

Airbus has a global fleet of 15 H175s in operation. The helicopter has flown more than 12,000 hours with 13 placed on oil and gas missions.

Ben Bridge, EVP global business at Airbus Helicopters said: “CHC will benefit from the enhanced flexibility the H175 offers, helping to smoothly and efficiently transport up to 16 passengers to North Sea offshore installations.

“With full glass cockpit, automated systems, spacious cabin and large windows, the H175 represents a major achievement for AH, helping to raise the bar in terms of operational efficiency, safety and comfort in offshore operations.”