The New Zealand Helicopter Emergency Medical
Services has taken delivery of two Airbus H145 helicopters, the
first two H145s in an EMS configuration in the New Zealand
“I’m proud that Airbus’ helicopters are
providing vital medical services and assisting the communities
between Christchurch and Dunedin operated by New Zealand
Helicopter Emergency Services,” said Airbus Australia Pacific
Managing Director, Andrew Mathewson. “This multi-purpose helicopter is tailored for
emergency medical services and law enforcement duties, along with
aerial work, passenger transport - including private and business
aviation - and offshore operations.”
The H145 is a market leader for emergency
medical services and rescue missions, thanks to its
well-established HEMS heritage with its BK117 and EC145
The twin-engine helicopter is one of the quietest in its class and
is equipped with
state-of-the-art Helionix avionics suite, and upgraded main and
tail rotor systems.
With a global fleet of more than 1,400
helicopters of the H145 family, the fleet has accumulated more
than five million flight hours.
In New Zealand alone, there are
currently 41 H145 family of helicopters deployed for aeromedical,
search-and-rescue, utility and business aviation purposes.