Airbus delivers Greece’s first H145 to Airlift
November 27, 2019 ByHelicopters Staff
Airlift has taken the delivery of its first H145 helicopter, becoming the first operator of this model in Greece. The twin-engine helicopter will be mainly dedicated to VIP transfers, but Airbus explains it will also be used for emergency medical transport and firefighting.
The new H145 will be the fifth helicopter to join Airlift’s Airbus fleet, which is currently composed of H125, H130 and H135 family models. The Greek operation was established in 1999.
“Having led helicopter operations in Greece for almost 20 years, we are very happy to be the first to introduce the H145 in the country,” said Alexandros Papadospyridakis, CEO of Airlift. “We appreciate the H145’s versatility to perform various types of missions, along with its spacious, comfortable cabin, which should be welcomed by our customers.”
Henri Stell, director of European sales at Airbus Helicopters, described Airlift as a long-term partner. “We believe that the H145, with its enhanced safety features, excellent availability rate and easy maintenance, will be an outstanding fit for Airlift to continue developing its aerial business,” he said.
The Airbus H145 includes the Helionix avionics system and 4-axis autopilot, while Airbus also points to the helicopter’s speed, performance, large cabin and rear-loading clamshell doors as being well suited for a range of civil missions worldwide.