Babcock International, a global offshore service provider, has taken delivery of two
Airbus H175 helicopters at a ceremony in Darwin, Australia.
Babcock’s aircraft are the first H175s to be
introduced into the southern hemisphere and will be based in Dili,
The new aircraft will be used to transport personnel
and provide search and rescue and medevac support in the Timor
Sea, approximately 500 kilometres northwest of Darwin.
H175s were freighted to Australia on a single Antonov cargo plane
to secure their quick introduction to service on 1 January 2018.
The Airbus team has worked closely with Babcock to train 27 pilots
and engineers in the assembly, flight and maintenance of the
Babcock will employ a further 19 Timorese to support the
aircraft at their base, including four local engineers who will
attend training at Airbus Helicopters’ headquarters in France in
The two new helicopters join Babcock’s existing global fleet of
H175s and will support the company’s regional footprint as they
transfer more than 9000 passengers and 30 tonnes of freight each
With extremely powerful engines, up
to 270 nautical miles radius of operation and the latest
technology in avionics and automation, the H175 was specifically
designed for the oil and gas,
and search and rescue sectors.