2,000th Makila engine of Turbomeca (Safran group) flying round the world

Bordes, 8 January 2009

Turbomeca has delivered its 2,000th Makila engine to Eurocopter. The 2A1 variant was installed in an EC225 and has just entered into service.

In nearly 30 years of service, the Makila has built a reputation as a safe and reliable power unit for Super Puma and EC225 operators. Turbomeca VP, Engine Programs, Cyrille Poetsch says that,. "The 2,000 engines have cumulated more than eight million hours of service, often while flying in extreme conditions within offshore, military and SAR environments. The 2A1 is the latest variant, offering customers 14% more power and reduced operating costs. The Eurocopter EC225 and the Makila make a well-proven team."

"In the UK, the Makila has been chosen as the powerplant for the upgrated Puma transport helicopter for the RAF, to enable it to better operate in Afghanistan", says Turbomeca UK CEO Christian Hamel.

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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. Dedicated to 2,350 customers in 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.

Contacts :

Bettina Frey, +33 (0)5 59 90 96 23
bettina.frey@turbomeca.fr

Chantal Reiss, +33 (0)5 59 90 96 40
chantal.reiss@turbomeca.fr