Eurocopter bolsters presence in Peru
July 27, 2012 By Carey Fredericks
July 27, 2012, Lima, Peru - With a view to increasing the close-proximity services it offers its customers, Eurocopter’s subsidiary in the Southern Cone has put its partnership with Servicios Aéreos de Los Andes SAC on an official footing and has also opened its first certified services center in Peru.
The new center, based in the city of Ayacucho and opened by representatives of both companies, will offer customers and operators a close and reliable partner providing a comprehensive range of maintenance services. Operators of Eurocopter’s Ecureuil AS350 B3 will now have access to a maintenance center certified at “Operational & Intermediate” (O&I) level. The center will carry out inspections up to 600 flying hours and will replace small and large components, including gearboxes, blade and hub units, and electrical and avionics systems.
“The certification of this new service center underlines the Group’s commitment to be close to its customers and increase its range of services in a country that is growing fast,” said Alexandre Ceccacci, General Manager of Eurocopter Cono Sur. “The new maintenance center will increase helicopter availability for operators, thereby helping them to reduce costs.”
Having this new center effectively secures the maintenance work on the region’s ever-growing fleet of Eurocopter helicopters, which now totals 50 in-service aircraft. Although the Ecureuil family accounts for most of the existing Eurocopter fleet, the country’s oil and mining industries have been showing an increasing interest in other twin-engine aircraft in the Eurocopter range, such as the EC145 and the Super Puma AS332, both of which are ideally suited to combined passenger transportation and external load missions.