Shell has said that it hopes Airbus' new H160
helicopter can enter service as soon as possible.
The company plans to use the H160, which is
scheduled to enter service this year, for offshore transportation.
“We are honoured that Shell Aircraft wants to be
the first to introduce the H160 into service for offshore
transportation,” said Bruno Even, Airbus Helicopters CEO. “The
H160 integrates Airbus Helicopters’ latest technological
innovations that introduce breakthrough safety features with
Helionix’s accrued pilot assistance and automated features as well
as flight envelop protection. The aircraft’s compact size will be
an added advantage to landing on oil platforms.”
The H160 has MTOW of 6,050 kg and a range 475 nm.
It boasts increased fuel efficiency and a customer-centric simplified
Tony Cramp, VP Aircraft, Shell, said, “Having
worked closely with Airbus over the last year to understand the
design and manufacturing philosophy behind the H160, Shell
Aircraft believes this innovative helicopter offers a potential
step change in safety and operational capability. To benefit from
those new capabilities at the earliest opportunity, we are
remaining fully engaged with Airbus through its final
certification stages and looking for opportunities to achieve an
accelerated introduction to offshore service.”