March 8, 2018:
Norwegian operator Helitrans has placed an order with Kopter (formerly Marenco Swisshelicopter) for 12 SH09 rotorcraft plus six options. Deliveries are scheduled for 2019.
Founded in 1990, the operator employs 60 staff, including 25 full-time pilots. It currently manages a fleet of 17 helicopters across eight bases. Manager Richard Simonsen says: “The unobstructed cabin and modern ergonomics of the SH09 will benefit our crew and clients, while enabling us to aim for new markets and helicopter activities. The SH09 will perform perfectly in our environment.
“Together with Kopter, our technical teams will participate in the final stage of the product's development. We are looking forward to benefitting from the high performance of the helicopter and the lower cost of operations brought by modern technology.”
Kopter CEO Andreas Loewenstein adds: “We look forward to developing a long-term partnership with Helitrans to support its operations. Teaming with reputed helicopter operators for the operational introduction of our aircraft into multiple missions and environments will be good for all future owners and operators of the SH09.
“This order also increases our firm order book to ensure a production gear up for the first two to three years.”