Airbus Helicopters delivered 356 rotorcraft and
logged gross orders for 413 helicopters (net: 381) in 2018, up
from 350 gross orders in 2017.
company also booked 148 orders for light twin-engine helicopters
of the H135/H145 family and secured 15 orders for the
next-generation H160. At the end of last year, its overall backlog
had increased to 717 helicopters.
“Our commercial performance in
2018 demonstrates the resilience we have developed as a company to
help us navigate what remains a challenging environment,” said
Bruno Even, Airbus Helicopters CEO. “Even though the civil & parapublic market remains at a low level worldwide, we have
managed to maintain our global leadership thanks to our wide and
modern portfolio of products and services and our international
footprint. Meanwhile, we have increased our market share in the
military sector by securing major contracts with leading armed
forces worldwide, with best-in-class solutions. These positive
trends give us the means to prepare the future and continue our
transformation, with innovation at our core and customer loyalty
In 2018, Airbus Helicopters delivered the first of
100 H135s for China in Qingdao, where a dedicated final assembly
line will serve the growing demand of the Chinese market for civil
& parapublic helicopters. Meanwhile, Hong Kong Government Flying
Service took delivery of the first H175s in public services
Last year also proved successful for the Super
Puma family which demonstrated its versatility by being selected
in key military campaigns, while attracting new civil & parapublic
customers with repurposed H225s previously operated on the oil &
Likewise, 2018 proved to be a very positive year for
the NH90, which attracted orders for 28 units in Qatar while being selected by Spain in the frame of a follow-on order for 23 units.
Other key programme milestones were achieved in
2018, with the first H160 (pictured) in serial
configuration entering flight trials and the VSR700
unmanned aerial system demonstrator performed its first unmanned
flights at the end of the year.
Pictures of Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Raceweek
2019 (17-21 July).