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Eurocopter Records Strong Sales in Asia

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Eurocopter, one of the worlds leading helicopter manufacturers, last year recorded a turnover growth of 58% in Asia to reach 896 million. The business also maintained a stable booking value over the last few years in Asia to achieve 504 million in 2009. The most popular helicopters of Eurocopters range are on display at the Singapore Airshow the EC120, EC130, EC135, AS 350 B3, NH90 TTH and the EC725.

Mr Lutz Bertling, CEO of Eurocopter said, Despite the global economic challenges, there have been many opportunities and achievements in Asia and it plays a critical component in Eurocopters success. This region is home to half of Eurocopters subsidiaries and is a top performing region for us. We are confident of Asias growth prospects and look to grow our business in tandem with the regions development.

Over the last few years, Eurocopter has maintained a stable booking value in Asia, and continuing in its growth path in 2009, the booking value stood at 504 million. In 2009, however, there was a decline in light range helicopters, but a greater demand for larger helicopters a trend reflected in Asia, as it is for the rest of the world.

Eurocopter has developed over 40 years of presence in Asia an integrated trans-national industrial networks across the region. It has, for example, been in partnership with the Korea Aerospace Industry (KAI) in the Korean Helicopter Program. Eurocopter has also partnered the Aviation Industry of China (AVIC) in the development of the EC175/Z15. Both programs are on cost, on performance and on schedule.

In 2009, the notable achievements for Eurocopter in Asia are as follows:

The inauguration of Eurocopters first Customer Service Centre in Hong Kong (February)
The purchase in Japan of a majority share in EuroHeli (80%) and in All Nippon Airways Helicopter Maintenance ( 60%) respectively in April and June
The roll out of the first prototype of the Korean Utility Helicopter (July)
The maiden flight of the EC175 (December), four years after start of development
The opening of a subsidiary branch in Thailand (December)
The signature of a Memorandum of Understanding for the development of a new MRO in Malaysia (December)

Commenting on the 2009 achievements, Dr Lutz Bertling added, We have made significant steps in growing our presence in Asia. We will continue with that along with a specific target to be closer to our customers in this region.

In 2010, Eurocopter intends to achieve the following:

The inauguration of an MRO in Malaysia and an EC725/EC225 simulator
The start of EC725/EC225 tail boom manufacturing by PTDI of Indonesia
The transfer of Eurocopter Southeast Asia headquarters to a larger facility in Seletar

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