Spain's Traffic Department Orders Four AS355NP and Three EC135 Helicopters

Released on Monday, February 17, 2014
AS355 NP Ecureuil
CEO - Chief Executive Officer
DGT - Directorate General for Traffic
Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with the Spanish Traffic Department to supply a total of seven helicopters: four AS355NP Ecureuils and three EC135s, with the latter aircraft to be operated by Spain's National Police Force. Delivery will begin in 2014 with one EC135 and one AS355NP and will be completed in 2016.

Spain's Traffic Department (DGT) has been operating helicopters built by Airbus Helicopters since 1970 (under the previous company names Aerospatiale and Eurocopter), and was the first unit of the Spanish Ministry of the Interior to work with these aircraft. Its fleet of 18 helicopters is used for surveillance, traffic regulation and highway patrols from its central headquarters in Madrid and peripheral patrols throughout Spanish territory (excluding Catalonia and the Basque Country). Airbus Helicopters España CEO Francisco Vergé expressed his great pride in winning the contract, as for him it "constitutes a further vote of confidence by the Spanish Ministry of the Interior in our helicopters, which make up their entire fleet and have proven their worth on a range of different missions."

With the addition of these four twin-engine AS355NP Ecureuil helicopters, the DGT will become one of the largest fleet operators of this model in the world, continuing its commitment to this reliable, safe and sturdy helicopter, which boasts excellent handling and ease of maintenance.

Source: Airbus Helicopters to supply seven helicopters to Spain's Traffic Department

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