CHC Helicopter has ordered and will incorporate 20 more Eurocopter EC225s Super Puma twin-engine helicopters into its operations over the next several years, CHC and European Aeronautic Defence and Space‘s (EADS) Eurocopter recently said. 

The company added that the EC225s are to be delivered by 2016 and the deal includes an option for additional helicopters. 

According to CHC, the helicopters will be needed to accommodate anticipated growth from both current and future customers. The aircraft are expected to be deployed to serve oil-and-gas customers in the U.K., Norway, Australia and Brazil.

 "We are extremely optimistic about the future of this industry and CHC’s place in it," said CHC President and CEO William Amelio. "The EC225 is an excellent aircraft for extending CHC’s global reach, responsiveness and leadership in safety–qualities that enable us to provide great value to our customers."

 CHC is the largest operator of Eurocopter’s Super Puma family helicopters in the world, including the most extensive fleet with the EC225 version. By 2016, CHC could have as many as 50 EC225s in operation on behalf of its customers.

 CHC Helicopter is the world’s largest helicopter services company specializing in transportation to offshore oil and gas platforms; civilian search-and-rescue services, and helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul. The company is headquartered in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, and has a fleet of more than 250 aircraft and operates in about 30 countries around the world.