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News > Air Methods Orders 20 EC130s from American Eurocopter

Air Methods Orders 20 EC130s from American Eurocopter

February 25, 2008

Air Methods Corporation, the largest air medical transportation provider in the world, has ordered 20 EC130 helicopters from American Eurocopter. The EC130 helicopters will join Air Methods’ sizable fleet of over 330 helicopters already providing emergency medical services throughout the nation.  
At an event at the Eurocopter booth #631 at Heli-Expo 2008, American Eurocopter President and CEO, Marc Paganini, said, “This order acknowledges that the EC130 is the helicopter of choice for Air Method’s large, single-engine air medical fleet and it reinforces the strong relationship between our two growing companies.” 
The EC130 was selected because of its unique advantages in cabin size, reliability and operational safety features. The aircraft is equipped with dual hydraulics, dual channel FADEC, VEMD and a Fenestron tail rotor. These EC130s will also be completed with a state-of-the-art medical interior from Air Methods’ Product Division.  
“The EC130 is a perfect complement for our single-engine air medical fleet,” explained Archie Gray, Air Methods’ Vice President of Technical Services. “These helicopters will provide fast, safe, and reliable medical transportation in support of our Community-Based Services throughout the nation.” 
This order is yet another in a long line of agreements between Air Methods and American Eurocopter. Within Air Methods air medical fleet, the company operates a variety of Eurocopter product lines including EC130s, EC135s, EC145s, AS350s, AS365s, BK117s and BO105s. 
About Eurocopter 
Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a Division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace, defence and related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approx. 14,000 people. In 2007, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer in the civil and parapublic market, with a turnover exceeding 4 billion Euros, orders for 802 new helicopters, and a 53 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group’s products account for 30 percent of the total world helicopter fleet. Its strong worldwide presence is ensured by its 17 subsidiaries on five continents, along with a dense network of distributors, certified agents and maintenance centres. More than 10,000 Eurocopter helicopters are currently in service with over 2,800 customers in 140 countries. Eurocopter offers the largest civil and military helicopter range in the world. 
About American Eurocopter 
American Eurocopter is the American 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 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, Texas, with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, Mississippi. The company’s first regional support facility, the West Coast Regional Support Facility, is located in Long Beach, California.

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