Airbus Helicopters Maintains Global Market Leader Position in 2019

 In Australia, ASEAN, GDI, Air, France
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MARIGNANE, France: Airbus Helicopters logged gross orders for 369 heli­copters in 2019 (310 net orders), com­bined with its sup­port and ser­vices rev­enue, worth more than € 7 bil­lion.

The com­pa­ny deliv­ered 332 rotor­craft, includ­ing the land­mark 1000th Super Puma, thus main­tain­ing its lead in the civil & para­pub­lic market with a 54% market share in terms of units.

On the civil side, the H125 and H145 remain best-sell­ers on the market with 130 and 91 book­ings in 2019 respec­tive­ly. Airbus Helicopters also rein­forced its posi­tion in the mil­i­tary market thanks to key suc­cess­es with inter­na­tion­al cam­paigns such as 23 NH90 for Spain and 25 H225M mainly for Hungary and Indonesia.

2019 saw Airbus Helicopters deploy­ing its global sup­port con­tracts on the mil­i­tary side with a key sup­port con­tract for the NH90 in ser­vice in the German Army, the Tiger, Cougar and Caracal con­tracts in France, and a five-year exten­sion of the through-life sup­port con­tract for the Australian Army’s Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) Tiger. On the civil side, 250 addi­tion­al heli­copters were cov­ered by global HCare con­tracts.

“The increased con­tri­bu­tion from sup­port and ser­vices and key wins in the mil­i­tary sector in 2019 under­lines the impor­tance of our robust busi­ness model. The bal­ance between our dif­fer­ent rev­enue streams enables us to main­tain our global lead­er­ship in a chal­leng­ing civil and para­pub­lic market” said Bruno Even, Airbus Helicopters CEO. “Our cus­tomers place their trust in our solu­tions and our goal is keep pro­vid­ing them with improved prod­ucts and ser­vices that keep them flying,” he added.

Airbus Helicopters con­tin­ues to invest in its prod­uct port­fo­lio through con­tin­u­ous prod­uct improve­ments in order to main­tain a com­pet­i­tive range, as with the new five-bladed ver­sion of the strong-sell­ing twin-engine light H145 heli­copter to be cer­ti­fied this year. The H125 will be offer­ing a power increase to its cus­tomers that will enable them to carry up to an addi­tion­al 190 kg. The H135 now offers an alter­nate gross weight that offers its oper­a­tors an addi­tion­al pay­load of 120kg.

The soon-to-be-cer­ti­fied H160 deliv­ers com­pet­i­tive­ness thanks to its increased fuel effi­cien­cy and cus­tomer-cen­tric sim­pli­fied main­te­nance eco-system, and will also bring an array of break­through safety fea­tures with Helionix’s accrued pilot assis­tance and auto­mat­ed fea­tures as well as flight envel­op pro­tec­tion.

Airbus Helicopters also pro­gressed with a mil­i­tary ver­sion of the H160, unveil­ing a full-scale mock-up. The French Ministry of Armed Forces announced that the launch of its Joint Light Helicopter pro­gramme, for which the H160M has been select­ed, has been brought for­ward and will enable the first deliv­ery to be advanced to 2026.

From an inno­va­tion per­spec­tive, 2019 saw good progress in the focus areas of auton­o­my, elec­tri­fi­ca­tion and con­nec­tiv­i­ty that will pre­pare the next gen­er­a­tion of VTOL (ver­ti­cal take-off and land­ing) air­craft. The fully elec­tric CityAirbus demon­stra­tor con­duct­ed its first flight, as did the pro­to­type of the VSR700 unmanned aerial system that’s designed for mil­i­tary appli­ca­tions.

Airbus is a global leader in aero­nau­tics, space and relat­ed ser­vices. In 2018 it gen­er­at­ed rev­enues of € 64 bil­lion and employed a work­force of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most com­pre­hen­sive range of pas­sen­ger air­lin­ers. Airbus is also a European leader pro­vid­ing tanker, combat, trans­port and mis­sion air­craft, as well as one of the world’s lead­ing space com­pa­nies. In heli­copters, Airbus pro­vides the most effi­cient civil and mil­i­tary rotor­craft solu­tions world­wide.

Source: DefenceTalk.com

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