The new Airbus H175 super-medium aircraft made the successful trip from its Aberdeen base to the the Ocean Patriot rig.
Arriving safely on the Shell platform the aircraft is a new-generation medium-sized rotorcraft capable of carrying up to 16 passengers at one time and has been designed in collaboration with the oil and gas industry and search and rescue.
According to the CHC website the H175 meets the ‘specific market needs and safety requirements’.
The aircraft also exceeds the demanding rigours of the ‘CS-29 regulation and Oil & Gas Producer (OGP) guidelines.’
CHC have designated the helicopters new Aberdeen base as its global H175 engineering centre of excellence.
Mark Abbey, CHC regional director for Europe, Middle East, and Africa, said: “I am delighted to see the H175 officially take off for our European operation, the first of three in the CHC fleet, and to offer this new-generation aircraft to Shell, for whom we have provided aviation services, in the United Kingdom and North Sea, since 2012.
Dave Balevic, senior VP of engineering and operations at CHC Helicopter, said: “The addition of the H175 allows us to offer the latest aircraft technology. Locating our H175 engineering center of excellence in Aberdeen will ensure current and future customers benefit from our best in class, global standards, and processes.”
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