Monday, June 27, 2011

Malaysia’s Aerotree Defense & Services to purchase three EC135 helicopters

Neelam Mathews
June 27, 2011

Eurocopter has received a letter of intent from Malaysia’s Aerotree Defence & Services for the supply of three EC135s in a training and light utility role for its business expansion in Malaysia and the region – with options to purchase more of these light, multipurpose twin-engine helicopters.

Aerotree will now be positioned to diversify its activities, as well as developing services in the larger markets within the commercial and enterprise sector.

Aerotree’s EC135s are scheduled to be delivered beginning in the first quarter of 2012, enabling the company to become one of the major lightweight helicopter operators within the region.

Aerotree specializes in various aviation-related services, defense-related training and services, as well as aerial target products. Aerotree was awarded a major long-term contract to provide the Royal Malaysian Air Force, Royal Malaysian Navy and Malaysian Army with services for its training requirement – which includes Target Towing and Electronic Warfare Services (TTEW) and Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation (ACMI) – by way of a Private Funds Initiative (PFI).

Eurocopter Malaysia is the only helicopter manufacturer with a comprehensive network of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service centers in Malaysia. With a workforce of 150 employees and a presence in Subang, Miri and Kerteh, it provides a broad spectrum of services, ranging from scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, aircraft modification (retrofit, painting, interior refurbishment and customization), as well logistics support (spare parts, repairs and overhaul). The company also is an authorized training center that provides a range of services for customers – from standard training to customized courses.

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