(July 22, 2009) -- Eurocopter is pleased to announce the delivery of the first EC225 to Southern Service Flight Company (SSFC) based in Vung Tau City, Vietnam. Founded in 1985, SSFC belongs to the Service Flight Corporation of Vietnam (SFC VN), a long-standing partner of Eurocopter. SSFC is a leading helicopter service provider in Vietnam, providing a wide range of helicopter flights for offshore exploration, search and rescue (SAR) operations, emergency medical service (EMS), etc.
Captain Le Trong Dong, Operations Director from SSFC, said at this occasion, "We are very proud to receive this new EC225 helicopter. A second EC225 is due to arrive before the end of the year. The two new EC225 helicopters will reinforce our existing helicopter fleet and allow us to intensify our activity in the booming oil and gas market in Vietnam."
Dr. Bernhard Brenner, President of Eurocopter South East Asia added, "We are extremely honored by SSFC's continued confidence in our products. Eurocopter has been present in the country since 1985. It is a privilege for Eurocopter to take part in Vietnam's promising aviation market. Eurocopter looks forward to meeting its growing demands for helicopters."
The delivery of the EC225 to SSFC this year will increase SSFC's fleet to 8. The purchase of the EC225 is proof of SSFC's confidence in Eurocopter's long-range twin-engine helicopter. With the introduction of the long-range EC225, SSFC is able to provide its customers with better services in terms of comfort, vibration, speed and payload. The newest addition to the Super Puma helicopter family, the EC225 benefits from the Super Puma's long experience in oil and gas industry and is the reference for offshore operations today.
SFC VN's other subsidiary, Northern Service Flight Company (NSFC), recently took delivery of its first EC155B1 helicopter at the recent Paris Airshow in June. The second EC155 B1 scheduled for delivery in 2010 is for SAR missions.
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