Posted by- Neelam Mathews
March 19, 2012
Eurocopter India, a subsidiary of Eurocopter, has announced its first bookings in India for 2012. Comprising light and medium class helicopters, the bookings included an AS350 B3e, an EC135 and an EC155. Signed against the backdrop of India Aviation 2012 in Hyderabad, these helicopters will be delivered in corporate configuration within this year, says the company.
With four out of five units delivered last year in India being Eurocopter’s AS350 B3, Eurocopter’s stronghold in the single-engine helicopter market looks set to continue its dominance, with its first booking of 2012 being another AS350 B3e sold to G.R. Constructions for business aviation use.The AS350 B3e is the latest enhanced version from Eurocopter’s Ecureuil family of helicopters.
Eurocopter India also signed agreements with two undisclosed customers for an EC135 and an EC155, both of which will also be used for corporate travel. The two twin-engine aircraft are known to offer very comfortable rides and enjoy particular success in passenger transport and business aviation. In corporate configuration, the EC135 can seat up to six passengers while the EC155 can take up to nine passengers comfortably.
“Business aviation is one of the key segments that is driving the growth of the helicopter market in India,” noted Eurocopter India CEO, Xavier Hay. “These bookings mark a good start to the year. We will continue to work on developing other segments as well, such as emergency medical services, law enforcement, utility and aerial work.”
He added, “Expanding our services network also remains a priority so that we can provide full support to our customers across India. All these efforts will be ensured by our in-country presence and co-operations sealed with local partners. Our ultimate aim is to help create a robust aviation industry in this country.”
Eurocopter India maintained its leadership position in terms of deliveries with 65% market share in 2011. It delivered nine aircraft, which included the delivery of the 10th and final AS365 N3 Dauphin to Pawan Hans Helicopter in a deal signed in March 2010.