SOURCE: Airbus Helicopters Inc.

Airbus Helicopters Inc.

July 12, 2016 10:15 ET

Chicago Helicopter Experience Launches Strategic Alliance With Airbus Helicopters With Acquisition of H130-Series Aircraft

Unveiling and Inaugural Flight -- Thursday, July 14th

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - July 12, 2016) - Chicago Helicopter Experience (CHE) has announced a strategic alliance with Airbus Helicopters, Inc., having received an H130-series helicopter from the eminent aircraft manufacturer. With this acquisition, CHE becomes the first helicopter tour provider in Chicago to incorporate the world class Airbus Helicopters aircraft into its fleet. This advanced aircraft will allow the operator to provide the safest, quietest, and most environmentally-friendly flight operations -- benefiting not only tour goers but the greater city of Chicago overall. The sleek new chopper will be unveiled and conduct its inaugural flight Thursday, July 14, 2016.

The Airbus Helicopters H130-series is the leading aerial tourism helicopter and is in use globally. It provides a large, roomy cabin for a premiere level of passenger comfort and provides occupants spectacular, panoramic views. The aircraft is equipped with the latest technology and safety features. The Fenestron tail rotor makes the H130-series the quietest helicopter in its class, meeting the stringent noise standards for flying even in the Grand Canyon, which maintains the lowest flyover noise levels.

CHE plans to eventually convert its entire fleet of helicopters to an exclusive fleet of H130's.

Trevor Heffernan, Founder & CEO of Chicago Helicopter Experience, said, "We are extremely excited to receive our first H130 from Airbus Helicopters, Inc. This enhanced aircraft type will become the core of our fleet as we work towards converting our entire fleet exclusively to H130 helicopters. The H130-series represents the best-in-class -- delivering the safest, quietest and cleanest fuel-burning capabilities in the industry. With this new helicopter, we are looking forward to more passengers from all over the world flying with Chicago Helicopter Experience to discover the very best vantage point of our beautiful City of Chicago."

Treg Manning, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Airbus Helicopters, Inc., said: "The entire Airbus Helicopters team is pleased and honored that Chicago Helicopter Experience has chosen the H130-series as the right aircraft to build its growing aerial tourism business. Our company will provide industry leading support and service to CHE as it operates its new helicopter."

Chicago Helicopter Experience is known for their panoramic and informative tours of the city which are offered both day and night, and operates out of its own heliport just south of the Loop. Already the city's preeminent helicopter tour provider -- having flown more passengers than all other helicopter tour companies combined -- and now with the enhanced performance of Airbus Helicopters products, Chicago Helicopter Experience is poised to exceed passenger's expectations and offer unrivaled efficiency, comfort and safety to guests.

Chicago Helicopter Experience (CHE) Chicago Helicopter Experience is a Chicago based helicopter company that provides helicopter tours and charters. CHE provides a one-of-a-kind experience with unforgettable views of Chicago's skyline, highlighting the city's iconic landmarks and rich history. Tours depart during day, twilight, and evening hours from the Chicago Heliport located at 2420 S. Halsted.

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