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Eurocopter to boost ME operations

Dubai, November 14, 2011

Eurocopter said it aims to have a strong presence in the region through showcase of its competitive helicopter product line at the Dubai Airshow along with partnerships and co-operation.

A division of EADS, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group said its participation at the this biennial event will underscore its market leadership in the Middle East.

With more than 600 rotary-wing aircraft currently in service throughout the Middle East, Eurocopter helicopters are performing a full range of missions in daily service, from homeland defense and security to law enforcement, VIP transport, utility and offshore airlift for the oil and gas industry.

“In a region where loyalty and confidence are important qualities, Eurocopter will build on its proven relationship of more than 30 years with governmental, military, parapublic and civilian operators throughout the region,” remarked Xavier Hay, the Eurocopter VP for Middle East and Africa.

“As part of our long-term commitment to this market, Eurocopter also stands ready to broaden its strategy of co-operation and teaming with partners for helicopter fleet modernization, overhaul and maintenance – which today includes the local subsidiary Eurocopter Saudi and a maintenance center in Abu Dhabi with Falcon Aviation Services.”

Eurocopter will exhibit five helicopters at the Dubai Airshow during the show highlighting the company’s product line that meets current and future market needs in the region: the NH90, EC725, EC175, EC145 T2, and AS350 B3.

The NH90 and EC725 respond to the Middle East’s evolving requirements for  helicopters in maritime surveillance, anti-piracy, security, search and rescue, border patrol and transport duties, said Hay.

Along with the AS565 Panther, these rotary-wing aircraft provide a mission-ready family for the full range of operational scenarios in the market, he added.

Eurocopter’s EC175 is the world’s newest medium twin-engine helicopter, designed from the start for demanding airlift missions in support of the offshore oil and gas industry.

Also included in Eurocopter’s static display will be an AS350 B3 operated by helidubai, which is equipped for such multi-role operations as filming, emergency medical airlift, scenic flights and VIP transport.-TradeArabia News Service

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