Airbus Helicopters: solid commercial performance in 2017
409 aircraft delivered last year; heavy and super-medium units
Airbus Helicopters delivered 409 rotorcraft and logged gross orders for 350 units (net: 335) in 2017, with a strong commercial performance on the heavy and super-medium segments. The company booked 54 orders for aircraft of the Super Puma family and 19 orders for the super-medium H-175, confirming those types as "best-sellers" on their respective market segments. Bookings also included 168 orders for light-single engine helicopters and 105 orders for the H-135/H-145 light-twins. At the end of 2017, the overall backlog stood at 692 helicopters.
Last year saw major progress being made on new products, including the H-160 –first of the “H Generation”– with three prototypes now in flight-testing ahead of certification in 2019. A full-scale firing campaign of the HForce weapon system was also carried out successfully on the H-145M, which will benefit from improved and modular military capabilities by the end of 2018. The year was also marked by the launch of ACH (Airbus Corporate Helicopters) through which the company is able to offer high quality design and specifications across its range of aircraft to private and business customers.
In 2017, the company completed the implementation of its revamped industrial model with the inauguration of its blade production facility in Paris-Le Bourget, which will be fully part of the new site specialisation strategy integrating the Marignane, Donauwörth and Albacete plants. On the international stage, the industry delivered the 400th UH-72 Lakota to the US Army and broke ground on its first helicopter final assembly line in China, with initial deliveries expected in 2019.
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