The Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), a GECAS company and the global leader in helicopter leasing has announced that it has added 11 Airbus H225 helicopters to the Air Center Helicopters, Inc (“ACHI”) fleet. The aircraft will be delivered throughout 2021 and 2022 and will primarily be used for utility, training and transport missions for US government contract operations.
As the largest civilian owner of the H225, Milestone worked closely with ACHI and Airbus Helicopters, to repurpose and transition the helicopter type into new missions including Vertical Replenishment (VERTREP), a method of supply of seaborne vessels by helicopter, casualty and medical evacuations (CASEVAC / MEDEVAC).
Rod Tinney CEO of Air Center Helicopters said: “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 environments. Through our work with Milestone Aviation, we have been successful in pivoting the fleet towards numerous opportunities within the utility segment. With this new deal, we are positioning ourselves for further growth and continued support of our customers for years to come.”
The H225 fleet is also operated by ACHI in the United States where it is used for training purposes. The H225 was also recently deployed in support of the SpaceX Crew Dragon splashdown to assist in the crew and cargo transport from the main recovery ship.
Bruno Even, CEO of Airbus Helicopters said: “The H225 is a true multi-mission platform, and the ACHI team has done an incredible job utilizing its capabilities for a variety of critical missions across the U.S. and beyond. We are proud of the longstanding partnerships we’ve developed with both Milestone Aviation and Air Center Helicopters and stand ready to support them as they continue to expand operations with the H225.”
With this announcement, Milestone Aviation will soon lease eighteen H225 helicopters into ACHI’s fleet.
Pat Sheedy, CEO of Milestone Aviation said: “We are extremely proud of the work we have accomplished with Air Center Helicopters. 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. This result has also been achieved thanks to our strong and long-lasting relationship with Airbus. Expert task teams were brought together to identify how best to return these aircraft to service and repurpose the fleet; a major achievement for all involved.”