LONDON — Airbus Helicopters is planning to increase the maximum takeoff weight of its new EC175 intermediate-heavy twin-engine helicopter. The aircraft, which was certified by EASA at the beginning of 2014, will receive a 300-kg. (660-lb.) increase in its maximum takeoff weight, the company announced May 16, as one of the prototypes visits key clients providing helicopters for oil and gas operations in the North Sea. The increase, from 7,500 kg to 7,800 kg, could ...

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