Airbus Air Greenland picks Airbus H225 helicopter for search and rescue

News — 13.10.19

Air Greenland has selected Airbus to support its bid for Greenland’s search and rescue (SAR) contract. 

The national carrier has ordered two Airbus H225 heavy helicopters repurposed from the oil and gas industry. They will be delivered over the coming months to replace the ageing S-61 helicopter currently used for the service.

The 11-tonne category, twin-engine H225 is the latest member of Airbus Helicopters’ Super Puma family. The largest model in the firm’s portfolio, it features more powerful engines, providing a smoother ride and enhanced performance. The H225 comes with state-of-the-art electronic instruments and a four-axis autopilot system, and offers outstanding endurance and fast cruise speed. The helicopters can be fitted with a wide range of SAR equipment. Operated by two pilots, it can be configured with up to 18 seats or six stretchers and has all-weather capability including full anti-icing.

Air Greenland CEO Jacob Nitter Sørensen said: “These two specific aircraft have low numbers of flight hours and their remarkable capability on SAR operations ensures that they will be able to provide a highly effective service in that role for many years to come.”

Airbus will also provide a comprehensive maintenance and support package as well as pilot and crew training.