AUSTRALIA’S MICROFLITE has become the launch customer for Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) in the Australia-Pacific region, with an order for one ACH135.
Announced at the 2019 Australian International Airshow at Avalon on February 25, 2019, the helicopter was due to be delivered in March 2019.
The ACH135 will be used for a range of VIP and luxury charters in Australia.
Frederic Lemos, Head of Airbus Corporate Helicopters, said: “Microflite has been our customer since 2000, flying a wide range of our light single and twin helicopters. We are honoured by their decision to acquire a new ACH135 for their expanding fleet, becoming our launch customer for this region.”
New Zealand’s Advanced flight became the second ACH customer in the region and the launch customer for the ACH145 with an order for one aircraft. The order, announced at the Heli-Expo exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 5, 2019 and will be delivered in mid-2020. The ACH145 will be the new version of the helicopter, unveiled at Heli-Expo and will be fitted with a five-blade main rotor.
In other Australia-Pacific news Airbus Helicopters has announced that Pacific Crown Helicopters and John Cameron Aviation will become Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) partners for the civil production line.
With the announcement at Avalon on February 28, 2019, the two Australian companies will join New Zealand’s Airwork NZ and Heli-Support NZ in Airbus Helicopters’ regional support network.