Look to expand scope of their collaboration
Bengaluru, 15 February 2017 – Airbus Helicopters has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Pawan Hans Limited (PHL) appointing the Indian helicopter operator as Airbus Helicopters’ approved maintenance centre for the Dauphin and Ecureuil rotorcraft. The MoU has the provision to enlarge Pawan Hans’ scope of maintenance services in the future to include other Airbus helicopter types.
“We are proud to be the world’s largest civil operator of Dauphin fleet and to be its leading maintenance services provider in India. Over the years we have enjoyed a great partnership with Airbus Helicopters,” said Dr. B P Sharma, Chairman & MD, Pawan Hans Limited. “We would like to take our partnership a notch higher by extending our maintenance services portfolio to more Airbus helicopter types and increase our geographical coverage to SAARC countries.”
Pawan Hans, the world’s largest operator of the civil Dauphin fleet, has 34 Airbus helicopters of which 32 are Dauphin and 2 are Ecureuil. Pawan Hans’ maintenance base for the Dauphin is located in Mumbai.
“Pawan Hans is one of our most valuable customers for over 30 years and in this time it has accumulated over 500,000 flying hours on the Dauphin fleet. It has built unparalleled expertise in operation and maintenance of the Dauphin. Our legacy partnership offers opportunities to equip Pawan Hans with newer Airbus helicopter models,” said Philippe Monteux, Senior Vice President of South East Asia Pacific Zone.
Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2015, it generated revenues of €64.5 billion and employed a workforce of around 136,600. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as Europe’s number one space entreprise and the world’s second largest space business. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.
About Pawan Hans Limited
Pawan Hans, the flagship helicopter service provider of the Government of India, has evolved into South Asia’s largest helicopter company that maintains and operates a fleet of more than 50 helicopters. It provides a variety of services such as offshore transport, remote & regional air connectivity, heli-tourism and smart business solutions, making it the most trusted brand in the area of helicopter transport.
Pawan Hans has logged more than 1 million flying hours with 25 lakhs of landings and plans to become a 100-helicopter company by 2025. Pawan Hans is diversifying into the area of sea planes, small fixed wing aircraft, training and skill development, safety audit and consultancy, creation of infrastructure such as heliports and helipads. Pawan Hans is committed to providing comprehensive helicopter connectivity to every corner of the country.