Airbus Helicopters Japan has signed a contract for one AS365N3+ with the Fukuoka City. The twin-engine Dauphin family aircraft will replace the currently operated AS365N2. The delivery is scheduled in spring 2018.
The Fukuoka City Fire Department currently operates a fleet of one AS365N2 and one AS365N3+ for firefighting missions. Fukuoka City first introduced the Dauphin family in 1990.
“We are extremely pleased that the AS365N3+ will be introduced by the Fukuoka City to play a key role in its firefighting and rescue missions,” said Stéphane Ginoux, President of Airbus Helicopters Japan. “The high-performance AS365N3+ will make a great contribution to Fukuoka City Fire Department’s operation. We are committed to providing full support services that fit our customers’ needs”
Currently, a total of 54 Dauphin helicopters (50 AS365s and 4 H155s) are operated in Japan. Seven AS365s are deployed by the Japanese police agencies and 23 AS365s are flown in firefighting and disaster relief missions.
The medium-sized twin-engine Dauphin incorporates advanced technologies for rapid flight speeds, low noise and vibration. Equipped with Airbus Helicopters’ signature Fenestron® shrouded tail rotor, the rotorcraft’s spacious cabin comfortably accommodates up to 13 passengers and two pilots.