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Airbus Helicopters: more orders from Japanese operators

Three new contracts signed during "Heli-Expo"

Airbus Helicopters has secured new contracts for three aircraft from Japanese operators, following those for one H-135 and an AS-365N3+. With this new stream of orders, the industry has received orders for a total of five units in the first quarter of 2018, reinforcing its market position in Japan. 

The first contract was signed with existing customer Auto Panther, for one ACH-130 featuring Airbus’ signature ‘Stylence by ACH’ luxury interiors, inspired to sports cars. The first in Japan to operate this model, the company will use it for corporate VIP transportation in Kagoshima, south of Japan. 

The second contract was secured from longstanding customer Noevir Aviation for one light single engine H-125 from the Ecureuil family. The company has been operating several units of an earlier version of the H-125, which have been serving its charter needs for the past three decades. Equipped with Airbus’ innovative glass cockpit suite, this new rotorcraft will join the current fleet for passenger transportation in the country. 

The third contract was inked with Nakanihon Air Service, for a new light twin H-135 helicopter. It will be deployed for a variety of missions (helicopter emergency medical services and electronic news gathering). 

The company plans to increase its presence in Japan of 2% annually over the next 20 years.

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