By Joshua Kirby 
 

Airbus SE said Monday that energy group Royal Dutch Shell PLC has chosen its H160 helicopters for a support contract in the Gulf of Mexico.

The four aircraft will be operated by Louisiana-based PHI Group Inc., the European plane maker said. The contract marks the first time the H160 model has been used in the oil-and-gas sector, the company added.

One of the aircraft will be provided in advance of final deliveries in order to allow PHI and Shell to familiarize themselves with the controls and features. This "will mitigate the normal challenges around entry into service," Airbus said.

 

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