Air International 2017-10
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Main: Commercial
Chilean ultra-low-cost-carrier JetSmart started operations in July 2017; the carrier has been set up by low-cost specialists Indigo Partners, which also controls Volaris, Wizz Air and Frontier.
Development of the six-tonne AW139 started in the late 1990s as a Bell-Agusta joint venture.
CHC flies its AW139s to North Sea oil and gas rigs from Den Helder in the Netherlands.
Dutch operator NHV passed 10,000 flight hours with its H175 fleet in March this year.
EasyJet has recently set up a Vienna-based subsidiary unit called easyJet Europe to protect its EU traffic rights after Brexit.
Low-cost carriers globally have posted positive results in recent months, but there are challenges on costs.