PHI Group has signed a framework agreement with Airbus Helicopters for 28 aircraft – 20 super-medium H175s and eight H160s.

The helicopters will be used to serve the global energy market and enable PHI to better respond to the growing need for offshore transportation.

Scott McCarty, CEO of PHI Group, said “PHI strives to lead the industry in operating the safest and most reliable fleet of helicopters. This agreement is a component of our broader strategy to bring new technology into an industry that has experienced a strong rebound after years of underinvestment.  We look forward to our continued partnership with Airbus as we prepare to enter these aircraft into service with our customers around the world.”

Designed as a multi-role helicopter, the H160 integrates Airbus’ latest technological innovations. It is powered by two of the latest Arrano engines from Safran Helicopter Engines that offer a 15% reduction in fuel burn. Both the H175 and H160 are already certified to fly with as much as 50% sustainable aviation fuel.

The H175 helicopter combines long-range with smooth flight qualities, making it ideal for offshore crew change, public services, and  private and business aviation.

PHI operates over 200 helicopters across the globe and its Airbus fleet consists of H125, H135, H145, H160 and H175 family helicopters – with the H175 being the latest addition.

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