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News > American Eurocopter Celebrates 2500th U.S. Delivery with PHI, Inc.


American Eurocopter Celebrates 2500th U.S. Delivery with PHI, Inc.

October 20, 2008

At an event on its booth at the Air Medical Transportation Conference in Minneapolis, MN, American Eurocopter celebrated its 2500th U.S. helicopter delivery with long-time customer PHI, Inc., one of the world’s leading helicopter services companies. The 2500th helicopter is an EC135 that is scheduled to be delivered to the PHI Air Medical Group shortly after AMTC.

“This is a momentous occasion for us and we are delighted to share it with our valued friends at PHI,” said Marc Paganini, President and CEO of American Eurocopter. “This is a great testament to the history of our company and this achievement reflects American Eurocopter’s heritage and its development in the United States.”

“We are proud to be here with American Eurocopter to celebrate this occasion and we are eager to receive the next EC135 in our fleet,” said Lance Bospflug, Director of PHI, Inc. “The EC135 is designed for a variety of missions. The aircraft’s high-performance and versatility make it perfectly suited for our air medical missions.”  

“The delivery of this EC135 to PHI is especially significant, since the very first helicopter delivered into the United States was an SA.3130 Alouette delivered to PHI in 1957,” explains Paganini.  Since that time, PHI has operated a wide variety of Eurocopter aircraft and PHI’s fleet today includes AS350B2/B3 AStars, EC135s and BK117s.

The SA.3130 Alouette was the first civilian-certified turbine helicopter in the world and later versions were utilized heavily for AMS missions. Continuing in this innovative tradition, the EC135 has developed into the light twin engine platform of choice for U.S. AMS missions. The helicopter offers a fast cruise speed of 138 kts, advanced avionics, twin-engine performance, a spacious cabin, and substantial lifting capacity. These features are also what provide the EC135 its appeal to a wide variety of missions in addition to AMS like oil and gas transport.

“We have a long-standing relationship with American Eurocopter and we look forward to continuing it in the future,” noted Bospflug.

About American Eurocopter
American Eurocopter is the U.S. subsidiary of Eurocopter, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world, and EADS North America, the North American operations of EADS, the second largest aerospace and defense company in the world. American Eurocopter is a helicopter manufacturer and the company markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and para-public helicopters offered by any manufacturer. The product line represents the most cost-effective, technologically-advanced helicopters, ranging from light single to heavy twin, serving all markets and missions. American Eurocopter's headquarters and main facility are in Grand Prairie, TX, with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, Mississippi and its West Coast Regional Support Facility, in Long Beach, CA.


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