Two Airbus Helicopters H175s have logged the first 1,000 hours in the type at launch operator NHV from its base in Den Helder, Netherlands, to offshore oil and gas platforms in the North Sea. The helicopters entered service in December.
They have completed more than 750 flights and carried approximately 11,000 passengers, according to NHV. The maximum distance flown was 175 nm; the H175 was designed to carry a full payload to 90 percent of the North Sea’s offshore installations, Airbus said.
The two companies emphasized the aircraft’s “high level of maturity from service entry” and added that the first two scheduled 400-hour checks validated its ease of maintenance. HNV Group CEO Eric Van Hal also said pilots appreciate the helicopter’s “excellent handling characteristics and speed and range, while passengers are impressed with the cabin comfort, smooth ride and low noise levels.” NHV plans ultimately to increase its fleet to 16 H175s, taking delivery of six more by year-end.
Airbus Helicopters recently delivered the first H135 configured for offshore hoisting to HTM Helicopter Travel Munich, for windfarm maintenance in the German Bight. HTM has contracted for 10 windfarms with customers such as Dong, EWE, EON, Siemens, DOTI, Adwen and Senvion. The aircraft can also be used for offshore operations in the North Sea.