(14 Jan 2021)
All Nippon Helicopters (ANH) Airbus H160 has performed its
first flight test, a 95-minute flight from Marseille Provence
This successful maiden flight paves the way for the
aircrafts entry into service in Japan.
ANH deploys a helicopter fleet comprising six
AS365s and five H135s for electronic news gathering for the TV
stations across Japan. This H160 will replace one of its AS365s.
We are delighted to see the successful inaugural
flight of Japans very first H160, and we are looking forward to
this next-generation helicopter playing an important role in our
nationwide missions, said Jun Yanagawa, President of ANH. Since
the introduction of the AS365 helicopter three decades ago, the
requirements of the electronic news gathering market is constantly
evolving and has significantly improved. This state-of-the-art
helicopter H160 is a timely welcome for our operations.
The H160 was granted its type certificate by EASA in July 2020, with
the certification from the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB)
expected in early 2021.
Upon delivery of the helicopter, specialised equipment installation and customisation will be
performed at Airbus Helicopters Kobe facility, before its entry
We are honoured to have ANH as our H160 launch
customer in Japan, as they renew their fleet. This successful
first flight is particularly meaningful during this unprecedented
time for the industry. We thank our customer and the teams
involved for devoting maximum efforts into this achievement. We
will continue to provide our utmost support and ensure a smooth
delivery to ANH, said Guillaume Leprince, Managing Director of
Airbus Helicopters in Japan.
Japans electronic news gathering market is a
mature market with 87 helicopters dedicated for such missions
today. Close to 70% of those helicopters are manufactured by
Airbus, with the H125, AS365, H135 and H155 platforms commonly
used by the operators.
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