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News > The EC135 continues to be the helicopter of choice in the light twin market

The EC135 continues to be the helicopter of choice in the light twin market

American Eurocopter announces sale of three EC135s to undisclosed customer

October 17, 2011

Grand Prairie, Texas – The EC135 continues to be one of the most popular light twin-engine helicopters in the world. There have been more than 1,040 EC135s delivered globally, and today American Eurocopter announced that it has added three more to that tally with a sale to an undisclosed customer.

“The EC135 is one of the most popular light twin-engine aircraft on the market,” said Treg Manning, Vice President of Sales at American Eurocopter. “Its advanced avionics suite, safety features, flexibility and performance have made it a popular aircraft in a variety of industries.”

The EC135 offers a superior useful load compared to its larger, less fuel-efficient competitors and also has best-in-class acquisition and direct operating costs. The aircraft is known for its reliability with the global fleet accumulating more than 2,200,000 flight hours. Combined with its versatility, the EC135 has become a standout in many industries.

In the air medical industry, the EC135 is the leader in its twin-engine category and has become the preferred product for helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) operations in North America. Since 2006, the aircraft has accounted for 92 percent of U.S. EMS light twin helicopter deliveries. The aircraft shares similar success in the offshore oil and gas market with an 86 percent market share in the same timeframe.

Over the last five years, the aircraft has accounted for half of the light twin deliveries to the U.S. law enforcement industry and 45 percent of the light twins delivered in the VIP market. In the utility market, the EC135’s reliability and added safety from the Fenestron®-shrouded tail rotor has made the aircraft an appealing choice for 33 percent of the market.

The EC135 provides a combination of power, performance and a spacious, flexible cabin. The latest versions of the aircraft, EC135 P2e and EC135 T2e, deliver a max gross weight of 6,504 lbs. and an increase in useful load of 88 lbs. For more information on the EC135, visit booth #321 at the Air Medical Transportation Conference in St. Louis, MO.

About American Eurocopter
American Eurocopter is a helicopter manufacturer that produces, markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and para-public helicopters offered by any manufacturer in the United States. The company is a subsidiary of EADS North America Holdings, the North American operations of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defense and related services, and is an affiliate of Eurocopter, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world. American Eurocopter’s product line represents the most cost-effective, technologically-advanced helicopters, ranging from light single to heavy twin, serving all markets and missions. Company headquarters and main facilities are located in Grand Prairie, TX, with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, MS, that produces the UH-72A for the U.S. Army’s Light Utility Helicopter program.

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