Air Greenland to receive two Airbus H225 helicopters

The image shows an Airbus H225 operating in the SAR role. Photo: Airbus Helicopters

In a bid to win its country’s search and rescue (SAR) contract, Air Greenland has ordered two Airbus H225 heavy helicopters, which have been repurposed from the oil and gas industry

The new aircraft, which is the latest member of Airbus Helicopters’ Super Puma family and is the largest model in the company’s portfolio, will be delivered within the coming months to replace Air Greenland’s ageing fleet of S-61 helicopters.

“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,” said Air Greenland CEO Jacob Nitter Sørensen.

The H225 is equipped with state-of-the-art electronic instruments, a four-axis autopilot system, and 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.

Airbus Helicopters Head of Europe Region Olivier Michalon said: “At Airbus, we are proud that the deployment of the H225 will help ensure the safety of global maritime traffic transiting the Greenland-Iceland gap to and from the Arctic region.”