American Eurocopter sells three EC135s to undisclosed customer
Oct. 19, 2011, Grand Prairie, Tx. - 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.
By Carey Fredericks
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 EC135s reliability and added safety from the Fenestron-shrouded tail rotor has made the aircraft an appealing choice for 33 percent of the market.