An AS332L2 Super Puma helicopter operated by Vietnamâ€™s Southern Service Flight Company (SSFC) has surpassed the 10,000 flight hour milestone. Operations performed by this Super Puma range from the servicing of offshore oil rigs, cargo sling missions and evacuation duties to VIP transportation of top government officials.
Delivered by Eurocopter to SSFC in November 1994, this Super Puma is among four AS332L2s flown by the company â€“ with another of the helicopters fast approaching its own 10,000-hour mark.
In addition to their role as rotary-wing aircraft of choice for offshore operations, the AS332L2s have been assigned special duties such as the transportation of high-level government officials, medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) flights, rescue work in northern Vietnam during the rainy season, and typhoon-related evacuations.
One of the recent assignments for SSFCâ€™s AS332L2s has been the replacement of low- and high-pressure flare tips on the Su Tu Vang central processing oil platform, which is situated off the Vietnam coastline in the Mekong Basin.
â€œThe encouraging experience with our AS33SL2s has led to a further expansion of our helicopter fleet with the addition of two more EC225s last year â€“ the latest generation of Eurocopterâ€™s Super Puma family â€“ to meet clientsâ€™ needs,â€ said SSFCâ€™s Commercial Director Tran Dinh Nam. â€œSuper Puma offers excellent performance and high level of safety for our wide range of operations. Together with the satisfaction of our customers, we expect these aircraft to continue contributing to our companyâ€™s success in the future.â€
Eurocopterâ€™s Super Puma family of heavy duty helicopters is operating in more than 20 countries worldwide with over 1000 helicopters. The cornerstone AS332 combines twin-engine safety and medium-class performance with modern avionics and a glass cockpit, while the latest-generation EC225 derivative offers enhanced capabilities with an increased takeoff weight, more powerful engines, a five-blade main rotor and an advanced autopilot that incorporates state-of-the-art flight control modes (approach upper modes, envelope protection,â€¦).
In addition to its Super Puma inventory of the four AS332L2s and two EC225s, SSFC also operates two EC155B helicopters. At least five of the companyâ€™s pilots have accumulated more than 10,000 flight hours while operating these Eurocopter rotary-wing aircraft.
About Eurocopter South East Asia
Eurocopter South East Asia (ESEA) is the Regional Headquarters of Eurocopter, the worldâ€™s leading helicopter manufacturer. Established in 1977 in Singapore, ESEA is in-charge of the sales and customer support activities of 15 territories in the region. In 2009, ESEA achieved a turnover of 124 million euros. With a staff-strength of more than 200 professionals, the company has developed a successful commercial network of Singapore-based sales team and regional sales managers and technical representatives.
Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a Division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace, defence and related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approx. 15,600 people. In 2009, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the worldâ€™s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer in the civil and parapublic market, with a turnover of 4.6 billion Euros, orders for 344 new helicopters, and a 52 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Groupâ€™s products account for 30 percent of the total world helicopter fleet. Its strong worldwide presence is ensured by its 18 subsidiaries on five continents, along with a dense network of distributors, certified agents and maintenance centres. More than 10,500 Eurocopter helicopters are currently in service with over 2,800 customers in more than 140 countries. Eurocopter offers the largest civil and military helicopter range in the world.