All American Aviation LLC will be the first helicopter operator to provide offshore oil and gas transport service in the Gulf of Mexico using new Eurocopter AS350B3e AStar helicopters, American Eurocopter announced on 7 March 2013.
All American has leased two AS350B3e aircraft from Rainier Heli International, an affiliate of Papillon Helicopters, and plans to begin offshore transport operations with a few weeks from bases in Louisiana.
“We are excited to put this great aircraft to work serving oil and gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico,” said Wayne Schmitz, a partner in All American, which is based in Spring, Texas.
All American already operates a number of AS350 helicopters. Schmitz said the aircraft offer unmatched performance, reliability and maneuverability, while reducing pilot workload and providing superior passenger comfort with the forward facing seats. The addition of the AS350B3e with its greater speed will enhance All American’s customer service.
“American Eurocopter is pleased and excited that All American will be the first operator to the put the AS350B3e into service in the Gulf of Mexico,” said Anthony DiNota, Vice President-Commercial Sales, Marketing and Customer Support. “We appreciate the vote of confidence in the capabilities of the aircraft and pledge to provide All American with world class support to help ensure their success.”