Air Center Helicopters (ACHI) is adding 11 Airbus H225s to its fleet from the portfolio of helicopter lessor Milestone Aviation Group. The deal calls for delivery of the heavy-class rotorcraft throughout 2021 and 2022.
Milestone, a unit of GE Capital Aviation Services, said ACHI will primarily use the H225s for utility, training, and transport missions for U.S. government contract operations. The company worked closely with ACHI and Airbus Helicopters to repurpose and transition the type for new missions that include vertical replenishment—supplying seaborne vessels by helicopter—as well as casualty and medical evacuations.
“The strength of our long-term partnerships with Milestone Aviation and Airbus Helicopters has been a key factor in the success of giving the H225 a new life among heavy helicopters operated in non-O&G [oil and gas] environments,” said ACHI CEO Rod Tinney. “With this new deal, we are positioning ourselves for further growth and continued support of our customers for years to come.”
ACHI’s leased H225 fleet from Milestone will total 18 with the new deal. “The team has demonstrated great leadership to successfully transition the H225 into the utility role, including some exciting new missions such as supporting the SpaceX program, and has fostered a unique partnership in the process,” Milestone CEO Pat Sheedy said. ACHI recently deployed an H225 in support of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon splashdown.