Airbus Helicopters performed steadily in a complex 2022
The first ACH-160 was delivered to a Brazilian customer, transported by a Beluga airplane, in July
In 2022, Airbus Helicopters logged 374 gross orders (net: 362), highlighting the ongoing market recovery with an impressive 216 light single engine helicopters sold. Deliveries increased from 338 in 2021 to 344 in 2022, contributing to industry's preliminary 52% share of the civil and parapublic market. Its helicopter fleet flight hours are now back to pre-COVID 2019 levels.
New ground was broken, with important first deliveries.The first ACH-160 was delivered to a Brazilian customer, transported by a Beluga airplane, in July 2022. Shortly after, All Nippon Helicopter’s H-160 entered into service in Japan and the French Navy took delivery of the first H-160 for SAR (Search and Rescue) operations. In October, the Company delivered the first H-135s to the Spanish Ministry of Interior following the major order just ten months prior.
Significant support and services contracts were signed for both the civil and military range. Highlights include an NHIndustries contract with NAHEMA for the French and German NH-90s, a follow-on contract with the US Army for more than 480 UH-72A and UH-72B "Lakota" helicopters. The Helicopter Company signed In-Service HCare contracts for its fleet of 20 H-145s and six ACH-160s.
The industry also continued to make inroads on its decarbonisation roadmap which is based on a threefold approach using SAF (Sustainable Aviation Fuel), hybridisation, and electrification.
Airbus Helicopters continued to innovate for the military market as well. The Company furthered the development of its own Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), the VSR-700, which began trialing autonomous take-off and landing capabilities at sea. In June 2022, the firm was named coordinator of the “EU Next Generation Rotorcraft Technologies Project” (ENGRT) which is a Research and Technology project funded by the European Defence Fund, paving the way for the next generation of military rotorcraft in Europe.
The 2022 full year financial results will be disclosed on 16 February 2023.
AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency