Airbus delivers first H160 helicopter to the US

The helicopter is the first of an order of four and will be used to provide transport in the Gulf of Mexico.

PHI H160

Airbus has delivered its first H160 helicopter to the US as part of an order for four of the aircraft made by PHI.

The delivery marks the beginning of H160 operations in the country and the aircraft will be used to offer offshore transportation in the Gulf of Mexico.

Prior to beginning commercial operations, the helicopter will be used in a route-proving programme designed to demonstrate the H160’s capabilities in the demanding offshore environment.

This is intended to facilitate a smooth entry into service, ensuring the operator and final customer are familiar with the aircraft’s advanced technology and safety features.

PHI Group CEO Scott McCarty said: “This is an exciting milestone for our teams and partners.

“The H160 represents a new era for PHI, enhancing our commitment to safety, quality and efficiency for our operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

“We are proud to officially welcome this next-generation aircraft into our fleet as we kick off route-proving. Congratulations to everyone who helped make this achievement possible!”

Airbus Helicopters CEO Bruno Even added: “With its state-of-the-art technology, the H160 has set a new standard in the helicopter industry and we are pleased US customers will now benefit from the aircraft’s superior performance.

“The H160’s lower fuel consumption, its ability to use up to 50% blended SAF, comfortable cabin, and excellent cockpit visibility make it ideally suited for offshore operations, and we are confident that it will excel in PHI’s energy missions.”

The H160 has proven to be a popular choice for customers in North America and the first Canadian delivery of the helicopter type was made recently to Chartright Air Group.

The H160 has entered into service in Brazil, Japan, Saudi Arabia, France, and many other European countries.

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