Malaysia’s Kris Sakti Aviation will perform power grid development with newly-ordered Eurocopter AS350 B3e, EC135 T3 and EC225 helicopters

Press Release

06/20/2013

Malaysia’s Kris Sakti Aviation will perform power grid development with newly-ordered Eurocopter AS350 B3e, EC135 T3 and EC225 helicopters

The development, monitoring and maintenance of Malaysia’s electrical power infrastructure will be performed by Eurocopter’s AS350 B3e, EC135 T3 and EC225 helicopters, which are being ordered by Kris Sakti Aviation.

A subsidiary of Kris Sakti Holding, Kris Sakti Aviation will embark on a new venture to provide aerial power line solutions in Malaysia, as they signed a contract to acquire three Eurocopter aircraft today at the Paris Air Show.

“By ordering one each of these three helicopter types, Kris Sakti Aviation will benefit from the excellent performance capabilities of these single- and twin-engine rotorcraft – with the possibility of tailoring their use to specific mission requirement in providing the full spectrum of aerial power line solutions,” said Pierre Rossignol, President and CEO of the Eurocopter Malaysia affiliate.

The AS350 B3e is targeted for delivery in 2014, while the EC135 and EC225 will be provided by Eurocopter to the operator in 2015.

“Our venture into aerial power line solutions will mark a significant milestone in the history of Malaysian aviation,” stated Kris Sakti Holding Chairman, Dato Sri Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib. “The use of helicopters for power line operations will vastly increase the efficiency of distributing electricity into even rural areas, taking Malaysia one step closer to fulfilling its aspiration of becoming a fully developed nation.”

Eurocopter’s subsidiary in Malaysia will help to ensure support and services are close at hand to assist Kris Sakti through the acquisition process, as well as for the commencement of its power line operations and in continuous fleet support.

The single-engine AS350 B3e is the high-performance member of Eurocopter’s Ecureuil family, with exceptional lifting capability, high endurance, extended range and fast cruise speed – along with enhanced performance in hot conditions and at very high altitudes.

Eurocopter’s EC225 is an 11-ton twin-engine rotorcraft that integrates the latest technological innovations for more power, increased payload and longer range.

For its EC135, Kris Sakti Aviation has selected the latest improved-performance, updated version that incorporates new engines, main rotor blades with a 10-cm. increased length, along with new and optimized software in the FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Controls).

About Eurocopter Malaysia (Website: www.eurocopter.com.my)
Eurocopter Malaysia was incorporated in 2002, and is the only helicopter manufacturer with a comprehensive network of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service centers in Malaysia. With a workforce of 120 employees and a presence in Subang, Miri, Kuantan and Kerteh, it provides a broad spectrum of services, ranging from scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, aircraft modification (retrofit, painting, interior refurbishment and customization), as well logistics support (spare parts, repairs and overhaul). Eurocopter Malaysia backs its support offer with its inventory, 24-hour service, highly skilled workers and efficient logistic services. It has in its stable some 20 local small and medium enterprises as its vendors or partners. The company has also opened in January 2013, in cooperation with BHIC, a benchmark regional simulation center for the EC225 and EC725 to provide training services throughout Asia Pacific.
About Eurocopter (Website: www.eurocopter.com)
Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace and defense-related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approximately 22,000 people. In 2012, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer with a turnover of 6.3 billion Euros, orders for 469 new helicopters and a 44 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group’s helicopters account for 33 percent of the worldwide civil and parapublic fleet. Eurocopter’s strong international presence is ensured by its subsidiaries and participations in 21 countries. Eurocopter’s worldwide network of service centers, training facilities, distributors and certified agents supports more than 2,900 customers. There are currently more than 11,780 Eurocopter helicopters in service in 148 countries. Eurocopter offers the most comprehensive civil and military helicopter range in the world and is fully committed to safety as the most important aspect of its business.