Eurocopter lands $80-million contract

December 22, 2012 8:45:46 PM



American Eurocopter has landed an $80-million contract to supply 22 new helicopters for a prominent medical transport service, the company announced Friday. 


Air Methods Corp., the U.S. largest operator of helicopters for emergency air medical transport services, placed the order for the helicopters, six of which will be built at Eurocopter's Columbus facility. 


"We truly value our on-going partnership with Air Methods," said Marc Paganini, President and Chief Executive of American Eurocopter. "This acquisition demonstrates their faith in our ability to deliver safe, high quality products so they can best serve their demanding mission requirements." 


The Air Methods order includes: 10 EC-130T2, a large capacity single engine aircraft; six AS350B3e single-engine aircraft; and six EC-135P2e helicopters. The AS350B3e aircrafts will be built in Columbus. 


The A350B3e is the latest update to Eurocopter's top-selling single engine aircraft and is equipped a new Turbomeca Arriel 2D engine with a dual digital engine control system.  


The new helicopters will be delivered beginning in mid-2014 through 2015.