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GDHF Secures Contract for 20 Airbus H175 Helicopters

Our Bureau - : Apr 26, 2024 - : 3:12 am

GD Helicopter Finance (GDHF), a Dublin-based helicopter leasing and finance company, has secured a contract with Airbus Helicopters and GDAT, a Chinese helicopter lessor and operator, to acquire up to 20 H175 helicopters, comprising ten firm orders and ten options. The company intends to market these helicopters to various sectors globally, including energy, search and rescue (SAR), emergency medical services (EMS), and parapublic services.

“GDHF is very pleased to announce the availability of 50 H160 and 20 Airbus H175 super medium helicopters to the worldwide market. This new H175 order, along with the existing 50 Airbus H160 medium helicopters already on the GDAT order book, will be available to GDHF,” said Michael York, CEO of GDHF.

“This deal will further enhance GDHF’s ability to offer our customers near-term availability of efficient, cost-effective, multi-mission helicopters of the very latest technology. GDHF will build a strong relationship with Airbus to deliver high-value solutions for our customers,” he added.

“The creation of GDHF and this follow-on GDAT contract underlines the versatility and competitiveness of the H175 and the H160. We look forward to a long-standing partnership with GDHF as they put these multi-mission helicopters into service with their customers around the globe,” said Bruno Even, CEO of Airbus Helicopters.

Introduced in 2015, Airbus’ H175 offers long-range capabilities, high payload capacity, and smooth flight characteristics, making it suitable for onshore and offshore missions. These include disaster relief, search and rescue operations, public services, crew changes, and private and business aviation. The 55 H175 helicopters currently in operation have amassed over 210,000 flight hours, with 184,000 hours dedicated to the energy sector.


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