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Airbus H125 helicopters on pilgrimage in India

India’s Heritage Aviation two H125 (fka AS350 Ecureuil) helicopters acquired for charter and utility missions on 15 April 2015 are almost ready to go to their new homeland. The first H125 will arrive in India by the end of the month, followed by the second in early May. The choppers will have a special focus on pilgrimage heli-tours.

Heritage Aviation has been operating at pilgrimage sites in India with leased aircraft in the past. After operating various types of single-engine helicopters for the past seven years, Heritage Aviation selected the H125 to be part of its permanent fleet.

“Based on feedback of our pilots and customers, the H125 has been one of the most popular aircraft especially for visits to temples on high grounds,” said Rohit Mathur, CEO of Heritage Aviation. “Passengers find the flights stable, assuring and comfortable; while pilots like the ease of flying it at high altitudes and in hilly areas.”

Pilgrim tourism in India has seen an increasing number of people opting for the safer and more convenient option of helicopter travel over road transport and trekking. The H125 has been frequently used to fly tourists to places such as Kedarnath and Badrinath. It is also being used extensively for passenger transport at Amarnath and Vaishno Devi shrines in the States of Jammu & Kashmir.

Source: Airbus Helicopters
Featured image: The first of two H125s for India’s Heritage Aviation (Image © Eric Raz / Airbus Helicopters)[/caption]