Airbus Helicopters finally starts delivery of its EC145 T2
The handover of the first EC145 T2 to DRF Luftrettung on Thursday marked the delivery start for the latest iteration of the BK117/EC145 family.
Dr. Wolfgang Schoder, CEO of Airbus Helicopters in Germany, handed over this first EC145 to German air rescue company DRF Luftrettung, which has ordered 20 of these helicopters. “The handover of the first EC145 T2 is a significant event for all of us at Airbus Helicopters and we are thrilled to be delivering this aircraft to one of our most loyal customers—DRF Luftrettung”. said Schoder.
“We’re expecting this helicopter to enter service at our 24/7 air rescue station in Munich around the end of the year. We’ve been using night vision goggles there since 2009, when we became Germany’s first air rescue organization to do so, and the new EC145 T2 is ideal for nighttime rescue missions”, explained Steffen Lutz, a member of the DRF Luftrettung Board of Directors.
After some delays, the new variant had received its certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency EASA in the spring. More than 100 orders have been placed for the new helicopter, which was developed and manufactured in Donauwörth.
Europe’s leading air rescue organizations have among them ordered a total of 85 of these aircraft. These customers have been joined by a German police air squadron and the German Armed Forces, which plans to customize 15 of these helicopters for Special Forces operations.
In addition, the EC145 T2 will be used to transport personnel to offshore platforms, and orders have also been received for the luxury corporate version designed for business travel. Some 20 helicopters will be delivered by the end of this year.