Oil & Gas
Eurocopter Super Puma helicopters to serve Peru’s local market
March 8, 2013, Las Vegas, Nv. - Peruvian operator Servicios Aéreos de Los Andes will operate two modernized Eurocopter Super Puma AS332L helicopters through a lease and support contract with Vector Financial Services, a subsidiary of Vector Aerospace Corporation.
By Carey Fredericks
These two helicopters – which are from Vector Financial Services’ rotorcraft portfolio – will be in operation by this summer, serving the region’s growing oil and gas industry.
Based in Lima, Servicios Aéreos de los Andes offers a wide range of helicopter transport solutions for its clients in the regional mining and oil and gas industry, while also carrying out corporate and medical transport missions. This Peruvian operator, whose fleet already incorporates four Eurocopter AS350 B3 helicopters, also signed a memorandum of understanding last November for two of the new Super Puma AS332 C1e versions.
Dominique Andreani, the Chief Commercial Officer of Eurocopter’s regional subsidiary, Eurocopter Cono Sur, said the signature with Servicios Aéreos de los Andes represents an important step for the introduction of the Super Puma helicopter family in Peru’s oil and gas and utility transport market. “The Super Puma perfectly matches the region’s operational requirements in terms of size, performance, availability and ease of maintenance,” he added.
The AS332 L2 and AS332 C1e both belong to one of the most successful Eurocopter families, the Super Puma/Cougar, which has logged more than 4.5 million flight hours in operations around the globe.
Michael Tyrrell, managing director of Vector UK, states: "The Super Puma is an aircraft ideally suited for utility operations and Vector is proud to be able to bring this opportunity to customers like Servicios Aéreos de los Andes and offer them the chance to add the AS332L to their fleet."
The Super Puma/Cougar family is well tailored for operations in Latin America, where there are currently more than 100 helicopters deployed for civil missions – primarily in passenger transport for the offshore oil and gas industry, along with the military sector’s use, for which they carry out local population aid missions, support in the wake of natural disasters and military reconnaissance. The Super Puma/Cougar family is present in almost every country in the Latin American continent.
“Having performing and reliable helicopters is crucial for our business and thanks to Vector’s lease solution, the aircraft will be available in a few months,” said Walton Mery, CEO of Servicios Aéreos de los Andes. “I am very proud to say that with the Super Pumas our company will be setting new standards in helicopter operations in Peru.”