Philjets Starts the Year with Airbus Helicopters H130 Order
(Source: Airbus Helicopters; issued January 13, 2016)
PhilJets Group has placed an order with Airbus Helicopters for one brand new H130 light helicopter, scheduled for delivery in June 2016.

PhilJets through its parents company, Starline Global Industries, already placed an order for an H130 last year and is renewing its confidence in this helicopter type to boost the expansion of its operations in the Philippines. “As a fast growing aviation start-up, our ambitious growth strategy needs to be fully supported by one of the most efficient, reliable and versatile aircraft in the market,” said Thierry Tea, CEO of PhilJets Group. “This additional H130 will help us achieve our expansion plans in a sustainable manner.”

This aircraft will be operated by PhilJets Aero Charter Corp, the group’s air transport subsidiary. It will offer to PhilJets’ charter subsidiary some increased capacity especially in catering to corporate clients and high-end tourists as well as an efficient support for specific aerial works including medical evacuation, cargo-sling transportation for mining, construction of roads, power lines and telecom towers inspection and maintenance.

With this helicopter acquisition, PhilJets Group will have in total a fleet of six Ecureuil helicopters comprising five H130s and one AS350 B2. Having celebrated its third anniversary on January 8th, PhilJets Group is becoming a business aviation reference in the Philippines and aims to grow its activities for charter and management services in the South East Asia region.

“PhilJets is one of our most important customers in the Philippines who has shown their confidence and continued support in our aircraft,” said Yves Poesy, Managing Director of Airbus Helicopters in the Philippines. “The Ecureuil has proven its performance and capabilities in a variety of missions around the world and is the clear single engine market leader in the country. We are committed to provide our full support and are confident that our rotorcraft will help PhilJets to achieve its ambitions.”

The H130 is a member of Airbus Helicopters’ renowned Ecureuil family. It is a high-performance, multifunctional, single-engine helicopter that can offer many possibilities for operators, thanks to its powerful engine and wide, flat-floor cabin which can accommodate an array of equipment to provide outstanding mission flexibility.

The Ecureuil is one of the most popular light helicopters in Asia. In the Philippines itself, Airbus Helicopters provides more than 50% of the helicopter fleet, with a vast majority of the fleet comprising mainly Ecureuils.

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Shaanxi Provincial Public Security Department Acquires One Airbus Helicopters H155
(Source: Airbus Helicopters; issued January 13, 2016)
Shaanxi Provincial Public Security Department and Airbus Helicopters signed an agreement for an order of one H155 medium helicopter for police, law enforcement and other public services, to be delivered in the beginning of 2017.

Mission equipment for Shaanxi’s H155 includes a powerful searchlight, an electrical hoist and rappelling system, firefighting equipment, and a loud speaker.

“The H155 will be a valuable asset for the security of Shaanxi residents,” said Norbert Ducrot, President of Airbus Helicopters in China. “It is a highly efficient helicopter which has proven its capabilities worldwide in a variety of public services missions, and is already being deployed within China, in Shanghai, Dalian, Fuzhou and Hong Kong.”

The H155's high speed and long endurance make it an ideal tool for police missions, as they can effectively help ground forces to accomplish a multitude of operations including air patrol, transportation of police force, firefighting, search and rescue, traffic dispersion and air command.

With the largest cabin and lift capacity in its class, the H155 can transport police units of up to 12 members to the incident area. Equipment can easily be loaded into the large baggage compartment. The H155 offers unmatched visibility and a discrete sound level for effective surveillance operations.

The wide range of Airbus Helicopters products, from light, medium, to heavy rotorcraft, are utilized in various public services missions, with the company leading this segment in China with about 35% market share today.

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