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Derazona Helicopters adds AS350 B3E to fleet

July 22, 2014, Jakarta, Indonesia - Airbus Helicopters has increased its global customer base with the first order from Derazona Helicopters in Indonesia, which is acquiring a fully-equipped AS350 B3e for utility missions.


July 22, 2014
By Carey Fredericks

Derazona Helicopters, a leading helicopter operator in Indonesia,
has been providing services that range from transportation for the oil
and gas industry to medical evacuation, aerial filming, charters and
tourism flights. For the first time in more than 40 years of operation,
Derazona Helicopters is expanding its scope of activities to include
utility missions, and has decided to make their very first Airbus
Helicopters purchase. 
“With our acquisition of
this AS350 B3e, we are looking to expand our capabilities and provide
better, more comprehensive services to our customers,” stated Ramadi
Widyardiono, Derazona Helicopters’ business development manager. “We
chose the AS350 B3e as it is the most suitable solution for the
geographical landscape in Indonesia.” 
The
single-engine rotorcraft member of Airbus Helicopters’ Ecureuil family
will be delivered to the Indonesian operator this December, with its
duties including transporting external cargo loads, long-line
operations, firefighting and general heli-lift missions. 
“We
are very honored that an experienced and established operator like
Derazona Helicopters has placed their trust in our products to expand
their scope of capabilities,” said Ludovic Boistot, managing director of
Airbus Helicopters’ Indonesia subsidiary. “It is with pride that we
welcome them to the Airbus Helicopters family of operators today.” 
There
are 17 Ecureuil family helicopters operating in Indonesia today, and
the AS350 is recognized as the most successful and reliable helicopter
in Indonesia’s utility market, demonstrating its performance and
efficiency in the country’s hot and high environments. 
These
rotorcraft are backed by Airbus Helicopters’ wholly-owned subsidiary in
Indonesia, established in 2008 to provide in-country support for both
governmental and civil customers. 
Last year,
it opened its own service center in Jakarta – the first such center
owned and operated by an international helicopter manufacturer in
Indonesia – offering additional resources and employing a team of
highly-qualified technicians dedicated to providing local customer
support. 
The AS350 B3e is a high-performance,
light single-engine helicopter adapted for extreme operating conditions,
including at very high altitudes and temperatures , and has the
capability to transport heavy loads and perform a wide variety of
missions. As an enhanced version of the AS350 Ecureuil, it features an
improved engine and new interior design, for additional ease of piloting
and maintenance.


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