Original news was published on 29 April 2019
Emirates SkyCargo recently carried a six-seater H125 (formerly AS350) helicopter, weighing more than 1.5 tons, on a B777 freighter from Madrid to Mumbai via Dubai. The aircraft will be used for tourist flights by Air Himalayas.
In 2005, the AS350 B3 broke the world record for the highest-altitude landing and takeoff, performed on Mount Everest at 8,848 metres (29,029 feet), a title still held today. On May 19, 2013, the AS350 B3 performed the world’s highest long-line rescue operation on Lhotse, the world’s fourth-highest mountain at 7,800 metres (25,590 feet).
Four H125s are now operated by Lhasa Snow Eagle General Aviation Corporation (Snow Eagle GAC), which is a joint venture of Ruo’er Group based in Lhasa. Snow Eagle GAC will provide the helicopters for emergency medical services, humanitarian relief, aero-sightseeing, and pilot license training in Tibet.
“The H125’s operating in the highest place in the world marks a breakthrough for this light single-engine aircraft, which is recognised worldwide for its performance, versatility, safety, low maintenance, and multi-mission capability”, commented Marie-Agnes Veve, general manager of Airbus Helicopters China.
Some 550 H125 (AS350 B3e) series are currently in-service worldwide and are mainly used for high performance missions in high & hot conditions.