Helipartner Thailand launches its leasing activity with an order for 10 Eurocopter AS350 B3e helicopters

Helipartner Thailand’s order of 10 AS350 B3e highlights the effectiveness and capabilities of this Ecureuil family helicopter to meet the increasing demand for light helicopters in the ASEAN region.

Le Bourget19 June 2013

AS350B3e from Helipartner Thailand (© Copyright Helipartner Thailand)
AS350B3e from Helipartner Thailand (© Copyright Helipartner Thailand)

The acquisition of 10 Eurocopter enhanced high-performance AS350 B3e helicopters by Helipartner Thailand responds to increased demand for high-performance utility helicopters across ASEAN countries in support of aerial work operations and the management of natural resources.

This acquisition was formalized by an agreement signed at the Paris Air Show yesterday by Helipartner Thailand and Eurocopter’s South East Asia affiliate. Deliveries of the evolved AS350 B3e version of Eurocopter’s popular AS350 Ecureuil family will be from 2013 to 2015.

“After our first AS350 B3e delivery in May 2013 and its successful leasing in Indonesia, we are delighted to expand our fleet with this new order and pursue our leasing market development with the helicopter type,” said Tisanu Ratanarat, CEO of Helipartner Thailand. “It will enable our customers to support their countries’ increased demand for a utility helicopter that delivers the proven performance of the A350 B3e.”

Eurocopter CEO Guillaume Faury added: "Our Ecureuil AS350 B3e provides the flexibility and versatility demanded by operators in the ASEAN region. Helipartner Thailand's decision today reaffirms the excellent performance of this long-standing member of our fleet".

Helipartner Thailand was incorporated in 2011 and is a joint venture of Thailand’s major offshore helicopter operator, SFS Aviation, and Helipartner Malaysia. Based on their respective experience and expertise, these two partners decided to add flexibility and solutions to the light single-engine helicopter market in the ASEAN region. After identifying the niche market, they launched their leasing activity with a complete set of solutions based on their operators’ experience and capabilities in the support of local operators in their missions.

Eurocopter’s enhanced AS350 B3e was selected by Helipartner Thailand for the rotorcraft’s market popularity, high performance, multi-mission capabilities and reliability. Helipartner Thailand believes that its versatility and popularity will guarantee safe and cost effective operations to regional operators. The proximity of Eurocopter through its four subsidiaries in the region will also ensure a close support of the leased fleet.

About Helipartner

Founded in 2008, by a group of experienced senior managers, engineers and pilots from the helicopter industry who benefit from knowing all the major helicopter manufacturers and the challenges faced by the operators. Helipartner offered tailored assistance to organizations in order to guide them through all the necessary steps that will lead to a safe and cost effective helicopter operation. Helipartner extended its activity in 2011 with the creation of Helipartner Thailand resulting from an alliance with the first and biggest Thai offshore operator, SFS Aviation. The CEO of SFS Aviation, Mr. Tisanu Ratanarat, has brought to Helipartner Thailand his expertise in the management of helicopter operations. (www.helipartner.net)

About Eurocopter

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 44 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.

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