Airbus Helicopters today handed over three new EC225 helicopters to Milestone Aviation Group, which is leasing them to Angola’s SonAir for oil and gas operations.
The aircraft were handed over in a ceremony at Airbus Helicopters facility in Marignane, France, according to Airbus Helicopters. SonAir’s Airbus Helicopters fleet includes 12 EC225s, four AS332 L2s and three AS365 N3s.
“This event celebrates our first deliveries to Milestone, emphasizing the EC225’s importance within the expanding helicopter leasing market,” said Airbus Helicopters CEO Guillaume Faury. “It also highlights the confidence SonAir accords to the EC225 as a powerful, and highly capable, helicopter for the most demanding missions.”
The helicopters delivered are part of Milestone Aviation’s record orders with Airbus Helicopters for 30 EC225s, which were announced in 2012 and 2013.
“We are excited to commence a relationship with SonAir, Africa’s largest offshore oil and gas operator, with these three EC225s,” explained Milestone Aviation’s Managing Director Robert Dranitzke.
“As a true workhorse in offshore oil and gas operations, the EC225 continues to demonstrate its capability in the most demanding operational conditions – from the North Sea and Gulf of Mexico to Africa – and we are confident these aircraft will serve SonAir and its customers well in the years to come.”
SonAir is a subsidiary of the Sonangol Group, a structured aviation service provider in Angola, and the largest African helicopter operator. Its inventory of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft provides services to major oil and gas companies.