Austrian Operator Orders Five Airbus H135 Light Twins

 - December 23, 2020, 10:52 AM
ÖAMTC Air Rescue's H135 firm order is part of a fleet modernization effort. (Photo: Airbus Helicopters)

ÖAMTC Air Rescue has agreed to a firm order for the purchase of five H135s from Airbus Helicopters as part of the Austrian company’s fleet modernization program. The first H135 is scheduled to be delivered in early 2022.

"Our demanding missions require the most modern helicopters available for enhancing our capability for critical missions,” including night operations, said ÖAMTC CEO Reinhard Kraxner. “We have been operating the H135 for more than 20 years, and we look forward to benefiting from the advantages that the Helionix version brings. The reduced pilot workload combined with the four-axis autopilot will be a valuable asset on board for our crews that rescue patients often in challenging environments.”

ÖAMTC’s fleet comprises 28 of the earlier variant of the light twin operated from 17 permanent bases and an additional four during winter months. In 2019, ÖAMTC flew more than 20,000 missions—an average of 52 a day.