Airbus Helicopters has ended the 2019 edition of Heli-Expo with 43 orders from worldwide customers, for the whole Airbus civil product range, including the H125, H130, H135, H145, H160, H175 and H225.
Twenty-one out of the 43 orders announced at the show, were from longstanding Airbus Helicopters customer Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), which unveiled a contract for a mix of single-engine H125s and twin-engine H135s.
“Heli-Expo is always a great opportunity to meet with our customers and to show them firsthand how we strive to bring innovations that meet their needs, like the five-bladed H145 we unveiled this year,” said Bruno Even, chief executive officer for Airbus Helicopters. “Our teams are thrilled to see the market reacting so positively to these efforts, and I’m thankful to all the customers who placed their trust in our products in services.”
Other major highlights from the show included the launch of a new version of the H145 providing increased performance, comfort, simplicity and connectivity to the twin-engine. This new H145 secured customers in key market segments with orders for 10 units announced at the show, as well as retrofits for nine helicopters.
Airbus also performed daily demonstrations of the new digital support and service offerings, such as digital log cards with CHC Helicopter’s newest H175, to become the first helicopter delivered with the new system and the new Flight Analyser data analytics.
Key contracts from the HCare support portfolio were signed, including the first HCare Infinite in North America for Superior Helicopters and a global support contract for the 19 helicopters of the National Police Air Service (NPAS) from the UK.
Heli-Expo saw some key partnership announcements with the selection of the Pratt & Whitney (PW 206B3) turbine engine, to power the Airbus H135 IFR-certified helicopter, which the company is proposing for the US Navy helicopter trainer replacement.
Airbus Helicopters also announced partnerships with Skytrac, AMS and Lundin Software to enhance its data collection capabilities and improve Airbus databases, informing analytics services.