Oil & Gas: Eurocopter, the Market Leader


 Eurocopter / Nicolas Gouhier
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 Eurocopter / Nicolas Gouhier
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With 45 aircraft delivered last year, Eurocopter has become the leading helicopter(1) manufacturer on the oil and gas market. Over the last few years, the rise in the price of oil has caused the market to boom, which has, in turn, led to the increased use of helicopters for exploration and production activities. What’s more, many oil companies have called for fleets to be modernized to meet the certification, equipment and performance criteria fulfilled by the new generation of helicopters. Slowly but surely, the quality and diversity of the Eurocopter range has won over new customers and end users alike. The EC225, in particular, is the most popular aircraft in the 19-seat category, with 17 helicopters ordered by oil and gas operators in seven different countries. Up 40% on the previous year, 39 orders were taken on the oil and gas market in 2008—another record in itself.

(1) Calculation of market share based on registration of helicopters


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An Expert Opinion

This success is due to many things. Firstly, we have carefully taken on board the recommendations from oil and gas operators in order to meet their safety, performance and comfort requirements. For example, the fact that we have launched a network of ten or so training centers and flight simulators shows that we have made a significant response to the need to improve operational safety. Furthermore, we have a very wide range of helicopters, which can perform every type of mission throughout the world. The worldwide success of the EC225 confirms that its qualities are now widely recognized, making this aircraft the reference in its category.

Thierry Mauvais, business development manager for the oil and gas segment at Eurocopter