Era Helicopters LLC signs Support by the Hour Contract with Turbomeca USA (Safran group) Covering 43 Arriel 1D1 Engines

Bordes, 23 October 2009

The Arriel 1D1 engines equip Era Helicopters' AS350 helicopters. This new contract follows the Turbomeca SBH® contract signed last year for Makila 2A engines, powering Era Helicopters' fleet of Eurocopter EC 225 helicopters.
Turbomeca's approach to Support by the Hour is allowing customers to tailor agreements based on their operational needs.

"Era continues to enjoy working with Turbomeca USA because of the Company's customer-focused approach. The Support by the Hour agreement allows Era to better predict its engine operating costs by providing it with fixed hourly costs of operation based on its business model," said Neill Osborne, President of Era Helicopters.

Era's contract is based on a modular maintenance concept which covers unscheduled removals and overhauls. The engines are performing offshore missions in the Gulf of Mexico as well as flight seeing tours in Alaska. They are expected to fly over a combined 20,500 hours.

Russ Spray, President and CEO of Turbomeca USA, states, "The addition of Era's fleet of Arriel engines means that Era Helicopters will enjoy a much closer working relationship with Turbomeca and the peace of mind of stabilizing their engine direct operating cost. This contract is the success of the strong relationship between our two companies, based on performance and strong ability to listen."

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About Era Helicopters LLC
Operating over 170 helicopters globally, Era Helicopters LLC, based in Lake Charles, LA, remains at the forefront of the oil and gas support industry with its technologically advanced helicopter fleet. Era and its subsidiaries provide personnel transport services to the shallow and deepwater oil and gas fields in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska, air medical transport services within the U.S., leasing services to third parties worldwide and a variety of aviation-related services at its FBO in Anchorage, Alaska. Era is committed to service and safety excellence in every aspect of its operations.

About Turbomeca
Turbomeca (Safran group) is the leading helicopter engine manufacturer, and has produced over 50 000 turbines based on its own designs since the company was founded. With 2,350 customers in over 155 countries, Turbomeca provides a proximity service thanks to its 15 sites, 26 Maintenance Centers, 24 Repair & Overhaul Centers and 90 Field representatives and Field technicians. Microturbo, the subsidiary of Turbomeca, is the European leader in turbojet engines for missiles, drones and auxiliary power units.
For more information, please visit our Web sites: www.turbomeca.com and www.safran-group.com.

Press Contact
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