Eurocopter becomes Turkey’s preferred supplier of air ambulance helicopters with an order for 17 EC135s to be operated by THK Gökçen Aviation
Eurocopter’s EC135 will perform medical airlift duties throughout Turkey with a fleet of 17 helicopters to be flown by the Turkish Aeronautical Association’s THK Gökçen Aviation commercial arm, marking the latest major contract win for this twin-engine rotorcraft in the international emergency medical services (EMS) marketplace.
Marignane, 06 May 2013
Operations are to begin this August with an initial five EC135s, followed by a build-up to the full complement of 17 rotary-wing aircraft. The EC135 was selected for these life-critical services by the team of THK Gökçen Aviation and Saran Holding – which won a five-year air ambulance service tender from the Turkish Ministry of Health. “Eurocopter is committed to supporting Turkey in emergency medical services, which constitute one of the most critical uses of a helicopter,” said Olivier Lambert, Eurocopter’s Senior Vice President for Sales and Customer Relations. “Therefore, we are proud to be working with THK Gökçen Aviation in demonstrating the direct benefit of our helicopters to the Turkish population.”
Osman Yildirim, President of THK added: “We are very happy to realize a contract with Eurocopter and to enhance our strategic and fruitful cooperation in the Turkish market.”
Turkey’s choice further underscores Eurocopter’s competitiveness in a growing market where the EC135 already is the helicopter of reference in emergency medical services worldwide. Approximately 25 percent of all EMS helicopter operations are performed with the EC135. To date, some 500 of these rotorcraft have been delivered in EMS configurations out of the total 1,095 EC135s in service around the world.
The EC135 combines a wide, unobstructed cabin with excellent performance, range and payload capacity – along with low-noise operations. The helicopter’s oversized sliding side doors and rear clamshell doors enable fast loading/unloading of patients – with additional safety during ground operations ensured by Eurocopter’s shrouded Fenestron® tail rotor.
Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace and defense-related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approximately 22,000 people. In 2012, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer with a turnover of 6.3 billion Euros, orders for 469 new helicopters and a 38 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group’s helicopters account for 33 percent of the worldwide civil and parapublic fleet. Eurocopter’s strong international presence is ensured by its subsidiaries and participations in 21 countries. Eurocopter’s worldwide network of service centers, training facilities, distributors and certified agents supports more than 2,900 customers. There are currently more than 11,780 Eurocopter helicopters in service in 148 countries. Eurocopter offers the most comprehensive civil and military helicopter range in the world and is fully committed to safety as the most important aspect of its business