The Airbus Helicopters H145 has been selected for a New Zealand requirement covering two rotorcraft in the emergency medical services (EMS) configuration.

The two EMS-equipped H145s will be delivered in the second half of 2019, says Airbus Helicopters.

They will be operated in New Zealand’s South Island by a consortium of Helicopters Otago and GCH Aviation.

Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that there are 18 in service EMS helicopters in New Zealand. Types operated comprise the BK117 (nine), Sikorsky S-76 (five), H125 (two), AgustaWestland AW169 (one), and Bell 222 (one).