The first serial Airbus H160 to roll off the
brand new assembly line in Marignane, France, performed a flight
demonstration on Monday in front of the H160 team in an
end-of-the-year celebration of the programme’s achievements in
The helicopter, which will be delivered to
launch customer Babcock in 2020, had only performed its maiden
flight on 14 December.
The aircraft’s unique livery is a testimony to
the several hundred people working towards the platform’s
certification at the end of next year, the programme’s industrial
maturity, and its seamless entry into service, as they have all
signed the helicopter.
The first serial aircraft will join the
three prototypes, which have already accumulated over a 1000
flight hours, in the final steps of the flight test campaign,
namely confirming that the modifications that have been introduced
through the serial configuration have no impact on the
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