Published on October 5th, 2020 | by Alan Dwyer0
Milestone Aviation Becomes First Leasing Customer for Airbus H160
Irish based Milestone Aviation have agreed a deal to acquire and six Airbus H160’s helicopters. The helicopters will be destined for a range of missions including offshore transportation and emergency medical services, the first of which will be delivered in 2023.
Speaking as the deal was announced, Pat Sheedy of Milestone Aviation said “Today’s announcement will see us enhance our orderbook to include the H160 which we believe will be an important player in the market in the years ahead. It is a versatile, multi-mission aircraft with the opportunity to be used in a number of scenarios, particularly serving EMS operations. It will be a valuable addition to our fleet and we’re already in discussion with operators to place the aircraft into service as soon as they are available.”
With 68 patents, the Airbus H160 integrates Airbus Helicopters’ latest technological innovations aimed at providing passengers with superior comfort thanks to the sound-reducing Blue Edge blades and superb external visibility for both passengers and pilots, not to mention the additional safety features provided by Helionix’s accrued pilot assistance features. The aircraft’s compact size will be an added advantage to landing on oil platforms as well as hospital heli-decks. The H160 has a range of 475 nautical miles and a top speed of 150kts.
Milestone Aviation was founded in 2010 and was acquired by GECAS in 2015. Milestone is the largest owned civilian helicopter fleet and can provide short and long term financing and fleet management solutions. Milestone fleet range from the small Leonardo A109 and Airbus H135 to the heavy lift of the Sikorsky S-92 and the Airbus H225