Helicopters Airbus Helicopters announces 38 orders at Heli-Expo 2020
Airbus Helicopters has announced, that it has sold 38 helicopters to customers during Heli-Expo 2020.
At Heli-Expo 2020, Airbus Helicopters was able to sign purchase agreements for 39 new helicopters. Moreover, 20 retrofits for the new five-bladed H145 have been sold. The largest order was committed by German air rescue and ambulance provider DRF Luftrettung. The operator placed an order for 15 H145s.
Shell Aircraft confirmed their interest in welcoming the H160 helicopter to their fleet. The operator performs offshore transportation missions. Additionally, Metro Aviation ordered an additional 12 EC145e helicopters.
Airbus also received an order for three new H135s from NASA, which makes it a first-time partnership between the U.S. space program and Airbus Helicopters. NASA stated, that it will use the H135 for various missions like missile launch security at Kennedy Space Center, emergency medical services and personnel transport.
Also, tourism operator Maverick Helicopters announced that it will retrofit its entire EC130 B4 helicopters fleet. In total, 34 aircraft will be equipped with the Airbus Crash Resistant Fuel System. This announcement shows Maverick´s commitment to ensuring the highest level of safety available.
Then, the Customs and Border Protection announced it will add 16 new H125 helicopters, with deliveries beginning later this year from the manufacturer´s production site in Columbus. Ascent Helicopters from Western Canada signed another H125 to round up the Heli-Expo 2020.
“At Airbus Helicopters, we are constantly focused on finding ways to help our customers better execute their missions,” said Bruno Even, Airbus Helicopters CEO. “We are honoured by the trust that our first-time and returning customers place in our aircraft and support solutions, which has been confirmed once again at this year’s Heli-Expo.”
Next to the helicopter orders, Airbus was also able to seal several support and service deals. Papillon, Heliportugal and DRF Luftrettung all signed HCare Smart contracts. DRF will be Airbus Helicopters HCare customer for another eight years.
Also, Airbus unveiled its new collaborative customer portal AirbusWorld, which will be an online Marketplace that allows customers to pursue e-commerce practices. Airbus has nearly doubled the number of helicopters that are sharing flight and maintenance data in just one year.
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