Norwich-based NHV Helicopters has confirmed an order for 10 new aircraft from Eurocopter.
The deal — worth around €150m (£120m) — will involve the phased delivery of the EC175 helicopters from the manufacturer’s facility in Marseille, France, between 2013 and 2015.
The EC175 is a multi-role, twin-engine helicopter designed to undertake a range of services, including offshore crew transfer flights, search-and-rescue operations, security roles and emergency medical flights.
The helicopter can transport 16 passengers a distance of 135 nautical miles and back or take 12 passengers on a return journey of 190 nautical miles. It features extra-large sliding doors on both sides, providing unobstructed access to the flat-floored cabin and easy exit in case of emergency.