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Malaysian Helicopter Services celebrates one Million flight hours on their Turbomeca fleet

Langkawi, 6 December 2011

During LIMA (Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition) in Malaysia, Turbomeca (Safran group) announce that its Arriel and Makila engines, powering 21 helicopters of Malaysian Helicopter Services (MHS), clock up today one Million flight hours. MHS is today the largest civil helicopter operator in Malaysia.

To date, the MHS’s fleet is deployed over six bases in Malaysia, Mauritania and Timor Leste. The Arriel and Makila engines are mainly used for offshore helicopter charter services, for which MHS is the leading provider in Malaysia since 1983.

The entire Turbomeca fleet, operated under the Turbomeca Service By the Hour contract, is flying 1,000 hours per year per engine.

From left to right: O.Andriès (Chairman & CEO, Turbomeca), F.Magné (Managing Director, HeliPartner Engines), G. Brohez (Managing Director, Turbomeca Asia Pacific, Mahadi Ma’som (Chairman and CEO, MHS)

In the MHS’s fleet, 26 Arriel engines are powering five S76C and seven S76C++ Sikorky helicopters, as well as one AS365N2 Dauphin Eurocopter helicopter. Since 1978, Turbomeca has produced over 10,000 Arriel engines. Between them they have accumulated more than 32 million flying hours, many while operating in extreme conditions.

The 16 Makila engines power seven AS332 Super Puma and one EC225 Eurocopter helicopters. 2,200 Makila turboshaft engines have been produced by Turbomeca to date, totaling close eight million flight hours. The Makila now powers a number of twin-engine helicopters, including Eurocopter Super Puma, Cougar and EC 725-225.

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Turbomeca (Safran group) is the leading helicopter engine manufacturer, and has produced over 68 000 turbines based on its own designs since the company was founded. Offering the widest range of engines in the world and dedicated to 2,350 customers in 155 countries, Turbomeca provides a proximity service thanks to its 16 sites, 26 Maintenance Centers, 24 Repair & Overhaul Centers and 90 Field representatives and Field technicians. Microturbo, the subsidiary of Turbomeca, is the European leader in turbojet engines for missiles, drones and auxiliary power units. For more information : www.turbomeca.com and www.safran-group.com.

Press contacts:

Bettina FREY, Communications - Tel +33(0)5 59 90 96 23

Chantal REISS, External Communications Manager -Tél +33 (0)5 59 90 96 40

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