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Eurocopter seals first new civil helicopter sale in Bangladesh

Bangladesh helicopter operator R&R Aviation has ordered two Eurocopter EC130 B4 helicopters configured for the emergency medical services (EMS) role.

The first aircraft will be delivered in September this year and the second in the first half of 2013, Eurocopter said in a statement. It added that the R&R deal is Eurocopter's first sale of new civil helicopters in Bangladesh.

"The Eurocopter light and medium range of helicopters are very popular as they are optimally designed for use in emergency medical services," said Bernhard Brenner, CEO of Eurocopter South East Asia.

"We are delighted to have R&R as our first civil helicopter customer in Bangladesh, and it is even more gratifying that our aircraft will be deployed for humanitarian support," he added. "We are committed to providing R&R with our utmost service to ensure success in their missions."

In the EMS configuration, the EC130 B4 can accommodate one stretcher and two attendants, with large doors allowing for the easy loading and unloading of patients, and good access for medical personnel.

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