Australia’s first Airbus H175s arrive

A Babcock Australasia Airbus Helicopters H175 being unloaded at Darwin Airport. (Babcock Australasia)
A Babcock Australasia Airbus Helicopters H175 being unloaded at Darwin Airport. (Babcock Australasia)

Babcock Australasia has taken delivery of two Airbus Helicopters H175 aircraft, the first of their kind to arrive in Australia.

The two helicopters, to be registered VH-NYJ and VH-NYI, arrived in Darwin on November 27 on board an Antonov An-124.

The two Airbus Helicopters H175s were delivered in an Antonov An-124. (Babcock Australasia)
A supplied image of the Antonov An-124 at Darwin Airport. (Babcock Australasia)
A Babcock Australasia Airbus Helicopters H175 being unloaded at Darwin Airport. (Babcock Australasia)
A Babcock Australasia Airbus Helicopters H175 being unloaded at Darwin Airport. (Babcock Australasia)

The pair of H175s will be operated on contract from Dili, Timor-Leste, by Babcock Offshore Services Australasia. The super-medium helicopters will be used for offshore personnel transport, search and rescue (SAR) support and medevac support for the Bayu-Undan gas production operations in the Timor Sea, 500km northwest of Darwin.

“Babcock’s investment in two brand-new H175s is a first for Australia’s aviation industry and is evidence of our commitment to growing our mission critical capabilities,” said Babcock Offshore Services Australasia’s managing director John Boag.

“Seeing them arrive in Darwin aboard one of the world’s largest transport aircraft is a bonus for aviation enthusiasts such as myself.”

Airbus Helicopters trained 27 of Babcock Australasia’s pilots and engineers in the assembly, flight and maintenance of the H175 helicopters. A further 19 Timorese will be employed by Babcock, including four local engineers, who will attend training with Airbus in France in early 2018.

Boag said the H175 was selected by Babcock as “best-of-type” for the purpose of the contract.

“Babcock is proud to be delivering two latest generation helicopters to our client and we are committed to ensuring maximum asset availability through the expertise of our people,” Boag said.

“This contract represents a significant capital investment in aircraft, infrastructure and training by Babcock and is the culmination of many months of planning, preparation and implementation.”

Babcock Australasia’s engineers will re-assemble the helicopters at the company’s Darwin Airport hangar prior to deployment and the commencement of flying operations on January 1 2018.

A supplied image of Airbus Helicopters H175 VH-NYI. (Babcock Australasia)
A supplied image of Airbus Helicopters H175 VH-NYI. (Babcock Australasia)
VH-NYJ is the second of two Airbus Helicopter H175s for Babcock Australasia earmarked for contract work personnel transportation, search and rescue support, and medevac in the Timor Sea. (Babcock Australasia)
VH-NYJ is the second of two Airbus Helicopter H175s for Babcock Australasia. (Babcock Australasia)

Comments

  1. D W Bell says

    Looking at the specs, why does the ADF not consider this as an “off the shelf” platform for SAR/VIPO and multi role type work. It has flexibility with configurations, range, speed and relaibility. The lads accross the ditch could use a few of these two, along with slected Helo Rescue operators in Aussie who maybe required to do off shore retrievials, only a thought.