After more than 36 years of continous operationg in Italy, this Aerospatiale AS355F1 Ecureuil 2 ( c/n 5180 ), originally registered I-VRVR, is now starting a new life in New Zealand with Airlift Ltd as ZK-ICK. The picture was taken at Ardmore Airfield during September 2018.
Milan, 12 July 2019 – Acquisition of Aersud Elicotteri, longtime distributor of Airbus Helicopters in Italy, will help strengthen the company’s local footprint.
Airbus Helicopters has strengthened its footprint in Italy with the acquisition of its distributor and 50-year partner Aersud Elicotteri.
Headquartered in the North of Italy, near the city of Verona, Aersud has played a key role in the development of the country’s helicopter market. It has successfully increased Airbus Helicopters’ market share in Italy, particularly in mission segments such as aerial work, business aviation and emergency medical services, thanks to the Airbus single-engine H125 and twin-engine H145 helicopters that are particularly suited to the country’s mountainous conditions.
The company will now fully integrate Airbus Helicopters’ global network of customer centers.
“With over 250 helicopters in service and more than 90 operators in the country, Italy is an important market for Airbus Helicopters, and we are here to stay” said Bruno Even, Airbus Helicopters CEO. “I would like to thank Aersud Elicotteri which has played a key role in increasing the fleet of Airbus helicopters in Italy over the last 50 years. We are fully committed to providing our local customers with the best-in-class service and support they expect, and to do so while building on the very successful relationship that Aersud Elicotteri has developed with them over the years. I would also like to warmly welcome all of our new colleagues to the Airbus team”.
“Aersud Elicotteri has been an extraordinary adventure on a personal and professional level for two generations of my family and I am very proud of our contribution to the Italian aerospace industry”, said Riccardo Aichner, President of Aersud Elicotteri. “Throughout the years, the people at Aersud Elicotteri have been led by their passion for aviation, putting their expertise and dedication at the service of our customers. I am sure that these same principles will guide the new period we are now starting, under the name of Airbus”.
Thanks to my son Vittorio for this image of the Aerospatiale AS350B2 Ecureuil I-ALWE operated by Ely-Fly … while taking off from Eurotech facility for some maintenance activity. Caiolo (SO), July 2019.
Added few images of the colorful Aerospatiale SA315B Lama ETI 2000 I-JJOB … during aerial works in Pila (AO), July 2003.
Aerospatiale SA315B Lama ETI 2000 I-JJOB … resting at mainbase in Quart (AO), July 2003.
Thanks to Luigi PISANO for this action image of the Aerospatiale AS332L1 Super Puma TF-SYN operated by Icelandic Coast Guard … ready for departure from Rejkiavik Airport, April 2019.
Thanks to Bruno SALA for this image of the Aerospatiale AS350BA Ecureuil I-GLOP operated on behalf of Salento Helicopters … resting deep into the Valtellina mountain range, January 2019.
Thanks to Ricardo BREA for this image of the Aerospatiale AS350B2 Ecureuil EC-MVV operated by Helitrans Pyrenee … taking off from Vilagarcia de Arousa, August 2018.
This Ecureuil was operated in Italy as I-SILL from 1991 until 2012, when cancelled towards Malta as 9H-PTM. Sold out to Spain at beginning of 2018 was destroyed during an accident at Ribera de Urgellet (Lleida) on date 20 November 2018 – see Spanish Authorithy Official accident report.