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Hiratagakuen Takes Delivery of Airbus H135 Helicopter
 
Hiratagakuen Takes Delivery of Airbus H135 Helicopter

Airbus has delivered a brand new H135 to Hiratagakuen. Upon delivery, the helicopter will be deployed for EMS operations for the Nara Prefecture from February onwards.

This will be the first time that the H135 is used for such EMS operations in Japan. “We have been operating an earlier version of the H135 since 2000 and greatly value the helicopter’s high efficiency and excellent performance”, said Mitsuhiro Hirata, vice president, Aviation Operation Division of Hiratagakuen. “We are confident that this state-of-the-art H135 will make a great contribution to the EMS operations, as we continue to enjoy the high quality after sales helicopter service provided by Airbus in Japan,” he added.

Formerly known as EC135 P3, the H135 is the latest version of this light twin family of helicopters. Hiratagakuen currently operates 12 H135s and one H125. The company placed an order for two H145//BK117D-2 last year, of which one will be delivered later this year. Hiratagakuen will also take delivery of another H135 within this year.

“We are very pleased to deliver the latest version of the H135 to Hiratagakuen, which has been a loyal customer for close to two decades”, said Olivier Tillier, managing director of Airbus Helicopters in Japan. “This milestone delivery takes a step forward for an extended partnership we have with Hiratagakuen, as they expand their operations in Japan. The highly efficient H135 is ideal for EMS deployments, and Airbus team in Japan stays committed to deliver the support to fulfil our customer’s requirements.”

 
 


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