Air Greenland has ordered two Airbus H225 heavy
helicopters to support its bid to win its home country’s search
and rescue (SAR) contract.
Under the terms of a firm contract, two H225s
repurposed from the oil and gas industry will be delivered over
the coming months to replace the ageing S-61 helicopter currently
used for the service.
Airbus will provide a comprehensive maintenance
and support package as well as pilot and crew training.
Airbus Helicopters Head of Europe Region, Olivier Michalon, said, “At Airbus, we are proud that the deployment of the
H225 will help ensure the safety of global maritime traffic
transiting the Greenland-Iceland gap to and from the Arctic
The 11-tonne category, twin-engine H225 is the
latest member of Airbus Helicopters’ Super Puma family with more
powerful engines providing a smoother ride and enhanced
performance compared to earlier models.
It is the largest model in Airbus Helicopters’
portfolio and has accumulated more than 600,000 flight hours out
of more than 5.5 million flight hours recorded by the Super Puma
Equipped with state-of-the-art electronic
instruments and a 4-axis autopilot system, the H225 can be fitted
with a wide range of SAR equipment.
Operated by two pilots, it can
be configured with up to 18 seats or six stretchers and has
all-weather capability including full anti-icing.
Air Greenland CEO, Jacob Nitter Sørensen said,
“These two specific aircraft have low numbers of flight hours and
their remarkable capability on SAR operations ensures that they
will be able to provide a highly effective service in that role
for many years to come.”
The H225 and military H225M are benchmarks in
SAR and combat SAR and are operated by 20 nations worldwide.