On July 20, Eurocopter delivered the 1,000th EC135 to ADAC, Germany's largest automobile club and one of Eurocopter's longest-standing major customers. Fifteen years after the first of these helicopters rolled off the production line at Eurocopter's plant in Donauwörth, the Group’s President and CEO Lutz Bertling handed the keys of the new aircraft on this landmark occasion to Peter Meyer, the President of ADAC.
This latest purchase brings the organization’s air rescue fleet up to a total of 51 aircraft, including the BK117 and EC145 in addition to the EC135. In total, these aircraft have clocked some 550,000 flight hours to date and have saved numerous lives. Eurocopter’s relationship with its biggest German customer in the air rescue sector extends back over more than 40 years.