Babcock Becoming Launch Customer of H160 Airbus Helicopter

Babcock Becoming Launch Customer of H160 Airbus Helicopter. The operator based in the United Kingdom Babcock has become the "global launch operator" for Airbus Helicopters H160 medium-twin.

Babcock has signed a "five-year framework agreement for the purchase of a fleet of H160s."

Initially they will operate from their European bases before they are "progressively deployed at Babcock bases around the world."

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Babcock Becoming Launch Customer of H160 Airbus Helicopter, pic: Airbus Helicopter H160

However, the announcement at the Heli-Expo in Las Vegas on March 1 offered few details about the size or value of the commitment.

Babcock will use 5.6-6t helicopters for emergency medical missions and other critical services.

"The H160 was a natural choice for Babcock operations, as its large cabin and low vibration levels and state-of-the-art technology will make it a safe and comfortable environment for mission-critical services to work," says Roger Hardy, chief aviation executive at Babcock.

No schedule for deliveries has been disclosed, but certification and service entrance are expected early in 2019.

Airbus Helicopters has stayed away from customers for the H160, and so far Falcon Aviation Services of Abu Dhabi has been breaking the lid.

Babcock has been an enthusiastic buyer of new generation helicopters, with its division of Critical Mission Services that is already investing heavily in the 4.8 t Leonardo Helicopters AW169.

Babcock is a British helicopter operator, specializing in the supply of offshore helicopter transport services to the oil and gas platforms of the North Sea and the Irish Sea.

Babcock operates a mixed fleet of helicopters representing more than 10 important clients. Annually they transport around 200,000 men and women to and from offshore oil and gas platforms from bases at Aberdeen, Norwich, Blackpool and Sumburgh airports.

Babcock also operates two specialized search and rescue (SAR) aircraft to support the oil and gas industry. These two AW139 helicopters are based at Aberdeen Airport and equipped with specialized search and rescue equipment, and provide 24-hour SAR coverage for the central North Sea.