Eurocopter, through the company Heli Invest, its Warsaw-based representative in Poland, has recently signed two contracts - for the first EC135 and the first EC145 in Poland respectively. Both contracts were finalised with two important corporate customers in Poland. Due for delivery early next year, these two sales mark the entry of the company's advanced light twins in the Polish market, adding to the fleet of EC120 B and EC130 B4 helicopters (presently seven machines in total) already sold and operational in Poland. The fact that Heli Invest is also Eurocopter's certified maintenance and service centre in Poland encouraged the customers' decisions to opt for these two top-selling twin-engine helicopters.
The EC145 destined for Poland will be in a high-end configuration including dual/single-pilot IFR, glass cockpit and VIP interior, making full use of the aircraft's huge, unobstructed cabin which offers more usable space than any other helicopter in its class. The aircraft, which was selected by the U.S. Army for its Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) requirement earlier this year and of which more than 95 are already operational in emergency medical services and law enforcement/homeland security missions, enjoys growing acceptance in the corporate market with several EC145s already serving business clients.
The Polish corporate customer of this first EC145 is a Holding of multiple, associated companies requiring fast, reliable, comfortable and secure transport throughout Poland for their top management, taking advantage of both the VFR and IFR capabilities of the helicopter.
The other corporate aircraft for Poland is an EC135 of which more than 500 have already been delivered worldwide. Although the EC135's superb reputation was built on being the international reference helicopter for emergency medical services and law enforcement, 16 per cent of all deliveries to date were to the corporate market where the aircraft's quietness, comfort, high availability, low maintenance and reliability are much appreciated.
The first Polish corporate customer of EC135 too will take advantage of its VFR/IFR capabilities enabling him to execute daily flights between his different, "cross-country" business locations.
Eurocopter is also offering the EC135 for Poland's Ministry of Health project calling for 23 HEMS (Helicopter Emergency Medical Service) aircraft.
Heli Invest company was established as the Eurocopter maintenance and service centre in Warsaw in June 2005, and is a certified PART 145, PART M as well as TRTO/FTO organisation providing to customers a full range of services, such as Level 1 and 2 maintenance, upgrades, customization, training and technical support.
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