SAF Group, a French civil operator, has expanded its fleet with an order for six new Airbus helicopters, which will take on a variety of roles, including EMS, mountain rescue, aerial work and passenger transport.
The group currently operates 44 Airbus helicopters, and the six new aircraft will be joining in 2019. The order consists of three light single aircraft and three light twin aircraft, to be operated in Metropolitan France and in the Reunion Island.
“We are very proud of the long relationship we have with Airbus Helicopters,” declared Tristan Serretta, CEO of SAF. “In such a rapidly evolving market, a close relationship with the manufacturer is crucial to guarantee the performance and profitability of our operations.”
The service currently operates 24 H135 helicopters, making it one of the largest operators of the aircraft type in France.
“I want to thank SAF for placing their trust once again in Airbus products,” said Olivier Michalon, Senior Vice-President, Head of Europe at Airbus Helicopters. “We are certain these new helicopters will meet SAF’s stringent requirements for performance and reliability and will increase its capability to carry out critical missions.”