Eurocopter delivers two EC145 to Helicopteros Marinos for Offshore Missions

Donauwörth, (PresseBox) - Eurocopter has completed the delivery of two EC145s to Helicopteros Marinos, an Argentinean offshore operator that serves the oil and gas industry in the southernmost area of Argentina. The company is the third offshore operator in Latin America to have selected the EC145. These aircraft are scheduled to go into service in January 2010.

Helicopteros Marinos operates in very remote areas and in hostile environments. The company does not currently have an aircraft dedicated to search and rescue (SAR) capabilities and one of the EC145s will be covering the other in terms of SAR. "We are very confident in reliability of the EC145 and this helicopter is the perfect size for our operation covering oil rigs within up to 60 nautical miles of the coast. This helicopter delivers the performance, reliability, cabin size and adaptability to match the high expectations of our customer TOTAL AUSTRAL in this region," said Marcelo Florio, CEO of Helicopteros Marinos SA.

Both EC145s are equipped in an 8passenger configuration with weather radar, CVFDR (Cockpit Voice and Flight Data Recorder) and UMS (Usage Monitoring System) systems as well as an HF radio. With its compact size and flexible cabin layout, offering space for up to 10 passengers and two crew, the EC145 is perfectly matched for shortrange offshore operations.

The EC145 is a latestgeneration light twinengine helicopter. It provides the versatility to meet the demanding mission requirements in the lightmedium segment and at the same time offers the flexibility to optimize investments and operational costs. With a fast cruise speed of 135 kts and an endurance of up to 3.5 hours, the EC145 is the right choice for emergency medical services, police and homeland security missions as well as onshore and offshore oil and gas operations and the business/corporate aviation market.

About Helicopteros Marinos

Helicopteros Marinos is main offshore operator in Argentina since 1978. With its 58 employees and five helicopters it is serving the oil & gas community in onshore and offshore operations. Furthermore, it is the Eurocopter Maintenance Center for Argentina and Uruguay, certified for the EC145, AS365, EC130, EC120, AS350, BK117 helicopters. Since 1984, Helicopteros Marinos belongs to the group HéliUnion, one of the major oil and gas operators in the world.

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Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a Division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace, defence and related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approx. 15,600 people. In 2008, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world's No. 1 helicopter manufacturer in the civil and parapublic market, with a turnover of 4.5 billion Euros, orders for 715 new helicopters, and a 53 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group's products account for 30 percent of the total world helicopter fleet. Its strong worldwide presence is ensured by its 18 subsidiaries on five continents, along with a dense network of distributors, certified agents and maintenance centres. More than 10,000 Eurocopter helicopters are currently in service with over 2,800 customers in more than 140 countries. Eurocopter offers the largest civil and military helicopter range in the world.

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