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News > Market growth spurs Indiana Helicopters to expand fleet with acquisition of additional Airbus Helicopters products

Market growth spurs Indiana Helicopters to expand fleet with acquisition of additional Airbus Helicopters products

New AStar and AS365 N2 to serve charter, VIP markets and motion picture work

ORLANDO, Florida (March 3, 2015) – Continued market growth in the upper Midwest has prompted Indiana Helicopters to expand its Airbus Helicopters fleet with the addition of a new AS350 B3e AStar and an AS365 N2.

The Fort Wayne, Ind.-based company took delivery of the new AStar on Feb. 24, its fifth Airbus aircraft. A leading provider of professional charters, tours and personal transportation service in the upper Midwest, Indiana Helicopters will use the AStar for charter flights, as well as motion picture work by its affiliate, Heli Motion. The aircraft is currently undergoing completion.

After considering other aircraft for twin-engine IFR operations, Indiana Helicopters purchased their sixth Airbus helicopter, an AS365 N2. The company's long standing relationship with Airbus Helicopters and the immediate availability of a well-maintained aircraft owned by another corporation led to acquisition of the Dauphin helicopter in January. The AS365 N2 is now undergoing a complete avionics and cabin upgrade for VIP charter service in the Chicago market.

"The growth potential in the region, particularly with Vertiport Chicago, led to our fleet expansion," said Chuck Surack, CEO of Indiana Helicopters. "For the past five years we have relied on Airbus Helicopters for top quality aircraft that fit our missions and we are pleased to extend our relationship with these new purchases that will help to support our growth."

An industry leader in versatility, capability and safety features, the AS350 B3e has energy-attenuating seats and a dual-screen Vehicle and Engine Multifunction Display (VEMD), while providing passengers with a high level of comfort in its roomy, air-conditioned cabin, with forward-facing seats. The AS365 N2 also provides passengers an enjoyable experience, with easy cabin access through wide lateral doors, convenient boarding steps, and a panoramic view offered by the large windows.

"We value our ongoing relationship with Indiana Helicopters," said Treg Manning, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Airbus Helicopters Inc. "They provide top-notch service for clients throughout the Midwest and we are proud they continue to choose Airbus Helicopters products."

For more information on Airbus Helicopters EC145, AS350 AStars and other industry leading products, stop by Airbus Helicopters Booth #2437 at Heli-Expo 2015 in Orlando.

About Airbus Helicopters Inc.

Airbus Helicopters Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of Airbus Helicopters, the largest helicopter manufacturer in the world, and a subsidiary of the Airbus Group. Airbus Helicopters Inc. is a manufacturer, markets, sells and supports the broadest range of civil and parapublic helicopters offered in the U.S. The product line represents the industry's most cost-effective, technologically-advanced helicopters serving all markets and missions. The company's headquarters and main facility are in Grand Prairie, Texas with a large manufacturing and production facility in Columbus, Miss.

For more information, please contact:

Bob Cox
Airbus Helicopters Inc.
Senior Manager, Communications and Media Relations
Telephone: 972-641-3525
Cell: 972-213-2038

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