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Airbus Helicopters starts the year with new orders and deliveries in Japan

Announced at "Singapore Airshow"

Airbus Helicopters’ business in Japan gains traction with two new orders and two new deliveries at the start of the year, reaffirming the company’s strong presence in the country. "Currently leading the Japanese civil and parapublic helicopter market with more than 50% market share", the industry plans to increase its position in tandem with the Japan’s projected fleet growth of 2% annually over the next 20 years. 

The first contract was signed with longstanding customer Excel Air Services, for a Helionix equipped H-135 helicopter. This new aircraft will join the operator’s growing Airbus fleet currently comprising an AS-355N, AS-350B2, AS-350B3 and Hermès-designed H-135. This lighttwin helicopter will be dedicated for electronic news gathering missions. 

The second contract was signed with a new customer the Hokkaido Government, which placed an order for one AS-365N3+ helicopter from the Dauphin family. The aircraft will be dedicated for rescue missions and supporting activities in the Prefecture and will play an important role in the North of Japan, known for its extensive fields and harsh winter conditions. 

Additionally, the company has delivered one AS-365N3+ helicopter each to the Fukuoka City Fire Department and the Kumamoto prefecture respectively, for firefighting work, search and rescue missions and emergency support.

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