Norwegian oil group Statoil will not use Airbus’ Super Puma helicopters despite European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) lifted flight ban.
"We have no plans of using this type of helicopter again," company spokesman Morten Eek told AFP, confirming reports in the Norwegian newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad Tuesday.
The EASA had slapped a temporary flight ban on the Super Puma in June following a deadly accident in April this year in Norway.
In a further blow to the French aircraft manufacturer, Norwegian and British authorities maintained a ban on commercial flights of the modern (EC225LP or H225) and older (AS332L2) versions of the aircraft.
In October, Poland pulled out of negotiations on a multi-billion dollar deal with Airbus Helicopters, putting a heavy strain on the company, which last month announced it would cut 582 jobs.
"But regardless of the Norwegian ban, our plan is to not use H225," Eek said.
The company now uses S-92 helicopters from Sikorsky, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin.
Norway plans to order five P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to replace its current fleet of six P-3 Orion and three DA-20 Falcon aircraft for $1.15 billion
Lithuania has signed an agreement with Norway last week to procure components and missiles of mid-range Norwegian advanced surface to air missile system (NASAMS). NASAMS is scheduled to be delivered to Lithuania by 2020, the defense ministry announced Friday
Norway is planning to purchase 12 Lockheed Martin-built F-35 joint strike fighters in 2019-2020. Norways defense department submitted a 2017 budget proposal in parliament recently which outlined the countrys plans to purchase 12 planes in the 2019 and 2020 “block buy,”
Raytheon has received an initial contract to produce Naval Strike Missile (NSM) launchers at its production facility in Louisville. The deal ushers in US manufacturing of the Norwegian-developed weapon system
The Norwegian National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime (Økokrim) has dropped corruption charges against Kongsberg Gruppen. In February 2014 Økokrim charged Kongsberg Gruppen ASA and Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS with allegations of corruption related to deliveries of communications equipment to Romania in the period 2000-2008
Leonardo-Finmeccanica will start delivering AgustaWestland AW101 Norwegian All-Weather SAR helicopters in March 2017 and will complete by 2020. The company made the announcement after it unveiled the new SAR helicopter at its Yeovil facility in south-west England Wednesday
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Airbus have agreed to collaborate in the development of safety standards and regulatory requirements for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in urban environments. The tripartite Project Document, which lays out the areas of collaboration, was signed by representatives from CAAS, EASA and Airbus
Airbus Defence and Space has signed an agreement to sell its 49 percent share in Atlas Elektronik Group to Thyssenkrupp AG based in Essen, Germany. With this acquisition, Thyssenkrupp, which to date has held a 51 percent share in the company, will become the sole owner of Atlas Elektronik, the company announced today
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