Airbus Helicopters Begins Promotion Of H175 Aircraft In Nigeria
Airbus Helicopters has embarked on the promotion of the H175 through a demo tour in Lagos, Nigeria from 20 to 22 April 2016 with several key oil and gas operators.
Speaking at event to herald the coming and unveiling of the helicopter, the Vice President ,Head of Operational Marketing, Airbus Helicopters, Regis Magnac ,explained that the aircraft was designed with the support of oil companies and helicopters operators.
He further explained that the H175 offers cost competitiveness, performance and new standards of safety and comfort, adding that the aircraft is perfectly suited for oil and gas operators in Nigeria.
The Vice President stated that the seven ton class H175 was developed by Airbus Helicopters as its new-generation medium-sized rotorcraft, certified in accordance with the latest and most demanding regulatory requirements.
He listed the benefits of the helicopter to include: enhanced flight safety, more volume per seat for passenger comfort, mission versatility, simplified maintenance and cost effectiveness to match customer expectations.
Magnac pointed out that within its class, the H175 offers the best operating range in relation to the number of passengers.
He stated that with 16 passengers aboard in an oil and gas configuration, it could fly to distances of 140 nautical miles (332KM), increasing to nearly 200 nautical miles (435 KM), when 12 passengers are carried in a long range configuration, with no auxiliary fuel tank required.
From left to right): Lars-Henrik Thorngreen, Chief Operating Officer, NHV, Oostende, Belgium, Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho, Chairman of Integrated Oil and Gas ltd and former Minister of Interior, Regis Magnac, Vice President and Head of Operational Marketing, Airbus Helicopters, Jimmy Ini Commercial Manager of Atlantic Aviation and Shaf Syed, Managing Director of Atlantic Aviation.
According to him, “In a higher density configuration, it can carry as many as 18 passengers up to 105 nautical miles (269 KM)”.
Speaking on why Airbus decided to carry out the promotion of the helicopter in Nigeria, the Vice President said, ”Nigeria is A very important country as it concerns oil and gas and the Airbus H175 will perform well in oil and gas and for Search and Rescue((SAR)”.
He hinted that that the first delivery of the Airbus H175 helicopter took place in December,14,2015.
On the comfort the H175 provides, Magnac disclosed that the helicopter’s fast cruise speed, large windows and low sound and vibration levels create a comfortable passenger journey offshore.
To further show case the latest product in the Airbus Helicopters brand, the helicopters undertook a demonstration flight for its new H175 product in Lagos on Thursday, April 21,2016.
On the cost of the newly unveiled rotary wing, Magnac did not state the exact price but added that the cost of H175 is above $10 million, adding that the aircraft is presently operated in Cote’de Ivoire, Ghana and Angola
In addition Abelnews gathered that the retail price of the H175 is put at about $14.7 million.