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    Airbus Helicopters’ HCare brings a new dynamic in customer service, with comprehensive coverage, quality and performance

    6 March 2015

    Airbus Helicopters’ HCare brings a new dynamic in customer service, with comprehensive coverage, quality and performance

    Orlando, Florida, 4 March 2015 – Airbus Helicopters has introduced its redefined services offer, providing the rotorcraft industry’s most comprehensive coverage emphasizing the company’s commitment to keep its customers flying, anytime, anywhere.

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    Airbus Helicopters announces updated release of its H225 Flight Crew Operating Manual

    5 March 2015

    Airbus Helicopters announces updated release of its H225 Flight Crew Operating Manual

    Orlando, Florida, 5 March 2015 – Airbus Helicopters has expanded on its initial Flight Crew Operating Manual (FCOM) for H225 (formerly EC225) aircraft in oil and gas missions – the first such source document produced by a rotorcraft manufacturer – and has announced the release of an updated version, now extended to include emergency procedures.

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    Norsk luftambulanse orders three Airbus Helicopters H135s to expand this medical airlift service provider’s rotorcraft fleet

    5 March 2015

    Norsk luftambulanse orders three Airbus Helicopters H135s to expand this medical airlift service provider’s rotorcraft fleet

    Orlando, Florida, 04 March, 2015 – Norway’s Norsk luftambulanse AS has ordered three H135s to further broaden the leading medical airlift services provider’s fleet of Airbus Helicopters-built rotorcraft.

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    Bristow Group more than triples its H175 orders and secures comprehensive support services agreement with Airbus Helicopters

    4 March 2015

    Bristow Group more than triples its H175 orders and secures comprehensive support services agreement with Airbus Helicopters

    Orlando, Florida, 4 March, 2015 – Bristow Group today raised its total firm orders for Airbus Helicopters’ H175 to 17, and also signed a comprehensive support services agreement for its new seven-metric-ton-category rotorcraft.

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    The future is now! Airbus Helicopters unveils its all-new H160 as the benchmark for medium-class rotorcraft

    3 March 2015

    The future is now! Airbus Helicopters unveils its all-new H160 as the benchmark for medium-class rotorcraft

    Orlando, Florida, 3 March, 2015 – In one of the industry’s most anticipated events, Airbus Helicopters today presented its all-new H160, raising the standards for performance, cost effectiveness, passenger comfort and environmental impact to create the medium-class rotorcraft benchmark.

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    Japan Coast Guard receives EC225 for search and rescue and law enforcement missions

    2 March 2015

    Japan Coast Guard receives EC225 for search and rescue and law enforcement missions

    Airbus Helicopters Japan has delivered an EC225 LP to the Japan Coast Guard (JCG), which was acquired as replacement for an aircraft that was destroyed during the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. This is the last of three EC225s ordered by JCG in July 2011; the earlier two having been delivered last year.

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    Airbus Helicopters unveils its latest helicopter and introduces a new era of rotorcraft excellence at Heli-Expo 2015

    • Reveal of the highly-anticipated X4 medium-sized aircraft
    • Rollout of a new and improved Customer Service offer and enhanced warranty conditions
    • Strong focus on customer satisfaction at the heart of business

    Orlando, Florida, 26 February, 2015

    The high-profile presence of Airbus Helicopters at Heli-Expo 2015 will confirm the company’s leadership role, with its unveiling of the all-new X4 rotorcraft and a rollout of the industry’s most comprehensive customer services coverage.

    These developments are aligned with the company’s transformation plan, which has been implemented to provide highly efficient helicopter solutions for customers around the world.
    “This year’s Heli-Expo will demonstrate Airbus Helicopters’ unwavering commitment to our priorities of customer satisfaction, quality, safety and competiveness,” said President Guillaume Faury. “It reflects our transformation to achieve these goals, and will highlight our development of next-generation aircraft and services that offer our customers the best solution for their needs.”


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    © Airbus Helicopters)


    The X4 is to be unveiled March 3 at 11 a.m. EST on Airbus Helicopters’ Heli-Expo booth (#2437) in the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida. As the first next-generation rotorcraft rolled out under the Airbus Helicopters identity, the X4 embodies the company’s values of excellence, agility, unity and integrity.

    Incorporating Airbus Helicopters’ expertise in aerodynamics, rotor blade design and avionics, the twin-engine X4 is an all-new medium-sized aircraft capable of a full range of civil and parapublic missions. “The X4’s public debut is one of the most anticipated events at Heli-Expo 2015, and we look forward to the excitement of sharing our vision for the future,” Faury added.

    Also to be introduced at Heli-Expo is Airbus Helicopters’ redefined services offer with enhanced warranty conditions, along with a new approach for material management service and the supply of spare parts. This offer puts the priorities on customer satisfaction by committing to quality and performance, while ensuring safety and operational availability. The company’s transformation has yielded visible results, as exemplified by the recent ProPIlot survey results, where Airbus Helicopters moved up two spots in one year to take 3rd place.

    The evolved Airbus Helicopters product line will be spotlighted on the company’s Heli-Expo exhibit stand, beginning with the EC175 in oil & gas configuration. Since its entry into service late December for North Sea operations for the oil and gas sector, the EC175 has been performing above expectations for a new aircraft with almost 90% availability, having transported 1500 passengers and accumulated more than 250 flight hours. This seven-ton-class rotorcraft has been certified to the latest airworthiness standards, and incorporates the Airbus Helicopters-designed Helionix® avionics suite.

    An EC130 T2 in tourism configuration is also to be displayed at Heli-Expo, underscoring this light single-engine rotorcraft’s popularity with tourism and aerial sightseeing companies. Its Fenestron® tail rotor contributes to the helicopter’s very quiet operation, while the roomy modular cabin can accommodate up to seven passengers and the pilot.

    The EC145 T2 exhibited at Heli-Expo will be operated in emergency medical services configuration by the U.S. launch customer. Enhancements of the “hot-and-high” evolution of the multi-purpose, twin-engine EC145 include new dual-Fadec Turbomeca Arriel 2E engines and a Fenestron shrouded tail rotor, along with upgraded main and new tail rotor gear boxes, as well as the Helionix digital avionics suite featuring a 4-axis autopilot. The EC145 T2 is both EASA and FAA certified and saw its first delivery in July 2014. Some 140 aircraft have been ordered, including the military version EC645 T2.
    Follow all of Airbus Helicopters’ activities at Heli-Expo 2015, including daily announcements and feature stories, by visiting the company’s website at: www.airbushelicopters.com (newly re-designed for Heli-Expo 2015), and on Twitter @AirbusHC.

    About Airbus Helicopters

    Airbus Helicopters is a division of Airbus Group, a global pioneer in aerospace and defense related services. Airbus Helicopters is the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer and employs more than 23,000 people worldwide. With 44 percent market share in civil and parapublic sectors, the company’s fleet in service includes some 12,000 helicopters operated by more than 3,000 customers in more than 150 countries. Airbus Helicopters’ international presence is marked by its 29 customer centers and participations and its worldwide network of service centers, training facilities, distributors and certified agents. Airbus Helicopters’ range of civil and military helicopters is the world’s largest; its aircraft account for one third of the worldwide civil and parapublic fleet. The company’s chief priority is to ensure the safe operation of its aircraft for the thousands of people who fly more than 3 million hours per year.

    For more information please contact:

    Airbus Helicopters
    Stéphane Chéry

    Tel: + 33 (0)4 42 85 60 51

    Mob: + 33 (0)6 23 93 71 23

    stephane.chery@airbus.com

    Airbus Helicopters
    Erin Callender

    Tel: + 33 (0)4 42 85 51 31

    Mob: + 33 (0)6 72 86 68 03

    erin.callender@airbus.com

    Airbus Helicopters Inc.
    Bob Cox

    Tel: + 1 972 641 3525

    Mob: + 1 972 213 2038

    bob.cox@airbus.com

     

     

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    The Royal Thai Army acquires six Airbus Helicopters EC145 T2

    Marignane, France, 23 February 2015

    A further addition to the Royal Thai Army’s rotorcraft fleet has been committed with the acquisition of six Airbus Helicopters light-utility EC145 T2, which is the newest and most powerful model in Airbus Helicopters’ proven EC145 light twin-engine helicopter family.

    The Royal Thai Army signed for six EC145 T2s with a VIP installation, under the Light Utility Helicopter Type II requirement, to be deployed principally on official passenger transport duties, with deliveries scheduled to begin in 2016.

    “By acquiring the EC145 T2, the Royal Thai Army again demonstrates its confidence in Airbus Helicopters’ products and services, following the successful entry into service of the AS550 C3e Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters in 2014 and the imminent delivery of the UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopters from the United States,” said Philippe Monteux, Airbus Helicopters’ Head of Region South East Asia & Pacific.

    EC145 T2
    © Airbus Helicopters

    The EC145 T2 features a modern digital cockpit and a 4-axis autopilot. With a maximum take-off weight of 3.65 tons, the helicopter is powered by Turbomeca Arriel 2E powerplants equipped with dual-channel full authority digital engine controls (FADEC). Operational safety is enhanced by Airbus Helicopters’ Fenestron® shrouded tail rotor, particularly for landings and takeoffs in confined landing sites, as well as during loading/unloading on the ground while the rotor is turning.

    The UH-72A is a version of the EC145 type produced by Airbus Helicopters’ plant in Columbus, Mississippi for the United States Army and Navy. Six units were acquired by the Royal Thai Army in December 2013 from the United States Army under the Foreign Military Sales program.

    About Airbus Helicopters

    Airbus Helicopters is a division of Airbus Group, a global pioneer in aerospace and defense related services. Airbus Helicopters is the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer and employs more than 23,000 people worldwide. With 44 percent market share in civil and parapublic sectors, the company’s fleet in service includes some 12,000 helicopters operated by more than 3,000 customers in more than 150 countries. Airbus Helicopters’ international presence is marked by its 29 customer centers and participations and its worldwide network of service centers, training facilities, distributors and certified agents. Airbus Helicopters’ range of civil and military helicopters is the world’s largest; its aircraft account for one third of the worldwide civil and parapublic fleet. The company’s chief priority is to ensure the safe operation of its aircraft for the thousands of people who fly more than 3 million hours per year.

    For more information please contact:

    Stéphane Chéry

    Tel: + 33 (0)4 42 85 60 51
    Mob: + 33 (0)6 23 93 71 23

    stephane.chery@airbus.com

    Priscilla Yip

    Tel: +65 6592 7217
    Mob: +65 9660 7040

    priscilla.yip@airbus.com

     

     

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    Airbus Helicopters’ EC130 T2 enters the Indian market with orders from two launch customers

    Bengaluru, India, 20 February 2015

    Airbus Helicopters today signed Indian market launch orders for its single-engine EC130 T2 with Sanjay Ghodawat Group and Global Vectra Helicorp Ltd. (GVHL), which are to introduce the popular single-engine EC130’s enhanced version later this year for passenger transport services in Kolhapur and Delhi respectively.

    Signing ceremonies with both customers – who ordered one EC130 T2 each – were held on Airbus Helicopters’ exhibit stand (OD-8) during Aero India 2015 at Bengaluru’s Air Force Station Yelahanka.

    “We are delighted that our Indian customers have selected the EC130 T2 – which has the largest cabin of any single-engine rotorcraft in the world,” said Mr. Xavier Hay, Managing Director of Airbus Helicopters’ Customer Center in India. "We are confident the EC130 T2 will provide superior service in this country, especially with its advanced technology and the capability to deliver excellent performance in high and hot conditions.”


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    © Airbus Helicopters)


    The Sanjay Ghodawat Group is a diversified conglomerate with presence in consumer products, energy, mining, chemicals and agribusiness, among others. GVHL is India’s largest private helicopter company, which will assign the EC130 T2 to Birdie – its on-shore operations division offering charters and religious tourism services among others.

    “We are the first to start shuttle services in India, and are confident of providing the best services with the EC130 T2 – which offers a true economical solution, combined with the highest levels of safety,” said Mr. Ed Van Dam, Chief Executive Officer at GVHL.

    "The EC130T2 is suited to a broad range of travel solutions and features the latest technology and safety features,” added Mr. Sanjay Ghodawat , Chairman of Sanjay Ghodawat Group. “We are proud to be a launch customer for the EC130 T2 in India."

    Airbus Helicopters’ multi-role EC130 T2 has a spacious cabin for one pilot and up to seven passengers. In addition to its improved performance, a number of enhancements enable easier maintenance and longer inspection intervals.

    More than 70 percent of the EC130 T2’s airframe structure has been modified from the previous EC130 B4 version. New and updated features include the use of a more powerful Arriel 2D turboshaft engine and upgraded main gearbox; along with the incorporation of an active vibration control system, and improved air conditioning, distribution and demisting systems.

    The EC130 T2 also has a redesigned cabin interior with a full flat floor, a cockpit update for enhanced man-machine interface, integration of a crashworthy fuel tank, and increased maintenance accessibility for the electrical and air conditioning systems.

    Performance of the EC130 T2 has been improved for a higher maximum gross takeoff weight (2,500 kg. for internal loads, and 3,050 kg. when external loads are carried), and a speed increase of up to 10 kts. from the EC130 B4. Even with these enhancements, the EC130 T2’s external sound level remains within the strict rules for flights at America’s Grand Canyon National Park – an important factor for tour operators around the world.

    About Airbus Helicopters

    Airbus Helicopters is a division of Airbus Group, a global pioneer in aerospace and defense related services. Airbus Helicopters is the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer and employs more than 23,000 people worldwide. With 44 percent market share in civil and parapublic sectors, the company’s fleet in service includes some 12,000 helicopters operated by more than 3,000 customers in more than 150 countries. Airbus Helicopters’ international presence is marked by its 29 customer centers and participations and its worldwide network of service centers, training facilities, distributors and certified agents. Airbus Helicopters’ range of civil and military helicopters is the world’s largest; its aircraft account for one third of the worldwide civil and parapublic fleet. The company’s chief priority is to ensure the safe operation of its aircraft for the thousands of people who fly more than 3 million hours per year.

    For more information please contact:

    Gloria Illas

    Tel: + 33 (0)4 42 85 58 89

    Mob: +33 (0) 6 31 47 08 99

    gloria.illas@airbus.com

    Neha Adhikari

    Tel: +91 11 4580 1126

    Mob: +91 8130 11 2220

    Neha.adhikari@airbus.com

     

     

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    Airbus Helicopters confirms its long-term commitment to the Middle East‘s armed forces

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 19 February, 2015

    With hundreds of its rotorcraft operated by Middle East military services, Airbus Helicopters is further reinforcing the company’s regional presence to support these aircraft – which are used on missions that range from combat, counter terrorism and transport to search and rescue, special missions and training.

    Airbus Helicopters’ more than 30 years of experience in the Middle East will be highlighted during this month’s International Defence Exhibition & Conference (IDEX 2015), being held at the Abu Dhabi Exhibition Centre.

    “Our priority is to deliver customer satisfaction by offering products and services that deliver the highest levels of quality, safety, competitiveness and mission capability,” explained Oliver Lambert, Airbus Helicopters' Senior Vice President for Sales and Customer Relations. “We provide flexible, reactive and cost-effective helicopter solutions, available around-the-clock and in close proximity to our customers. We keep them flying, wherever their missions take them.”


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    © Airbus Helicopters)


    As part of its Middle East proximity strategy, Airbus Helicopters has opened a new technical office in Pakistan, which joins the company technical representatives and office in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Airbus Helicopters Customer Center in Saudi Arabia, service centers such as UAE-based Falcon Aviation Services; distributors such as Global Aerospace Logistics LLC in Abu Dhabi, and an operating agreement with AMMROC (the Advanced Military Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Center) in Abu Dhabi.

    Included on Airbus Helicopters exhibit at IDEX 2015 (Airbus Group Stand, Hall 8, B-05) are scale models of the EC645T2, EC725 and NH90 – which represent the diversity of its military product line.

    The company‘s 4-metric-ton-class EC645 T2 delivers the high mission reliability and low operating costs of Airbus Helicopters’ multi-role EC145, which is a rotorcraft of reference for law enforcement agencies, parapublic organizations and military services – including the U.S. Army. It is an economical, low-risk and quickly available solution for missions that vary from special forces deployment to light attack and light utility.

    Airbus Helicopters’ EC725 has been proven in combat conditions and crisis areas that include Lebanon, Afghanistan and Mali, while also supporting NATO-led operations in Libya. As the latest member Airbus Helicopters’ military Super Puma/Cougar rotorcraft family, this 11-metric-ton helicopter is ready for multiple missions, including combat search and rescue, long-range tactical transport, aeromedical transport, logistic support and naval duties.

    The NH90 was designed to a NATO staff requirement for a medium-sized multi-role military helicopter that provides the benefits of fleet standardization for both land and maritime operations. Developed by Europe’s NHIndustries partnership, the NH90 serves as a core vehicle for two versions – tactical troop transport (TTH) and the NATO Frigate Helicopter (NFH), with both meeting requirements for vertical lift solutions over the long term while operating in harsh military environments on land and at sea.

    About Airbus Helicopters

    Airbus Helicopters is a division of Airbus Group, a global pioneer in aerospace and defense related services. Airbus Helicopters is the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer and employs more than 23,000 people worldwide. With 44 percent market share in civil and parapublic sectors, the company’s fleet in service includes some 12,000 helicopters operated by more than 3,000 customers in more than 150 countries. Airbus Helicopters’ international presence is marked by its 29 customer centers and participations and its worldwide network of service centers, training facilities, distributors and certified agents. Airbus Helicopters’ range of civil and military helicopters is the world’s largest; its aircraft account for one third of the worldwide civil and parapublic fleet. The company’s chief priority is to ensure the safe operation of its aircraft for the thousands of people who fly more than 3 million hours per year.

    For more information please contact:

    Stéphane Chéry

    Tel: + 33 (0)4 42 85 60 51

    Mob: + 33 (0)6 23 93 71 23

    stephane.chery@airbus.com

    Gloria Illas

    Tel: + 33 (0)4 42 85 58 89

    Mob: +33 (0) 6 31 47 08 99

    gloria.illas@airbus.com

    Claas Belling

    Tel: + 49 (0)906 71 4565

    Mob: +49 (0)151 6885 4939

    Claas.belling@airbus.com

    Julia Sailer

    Tel: + 49 (0)906 71 2129

    Mob: + 49 (0) 151 2645 0997

    Julia.sailer@airbus.com

    Erin Callender

    Tel: + 33 (0)4 42 85 51 31

    Mob: + 33 (0)6 72 86 68 03

    Erin.callender@airbus.com

    Priscilla Yip

    Tel: +65 6592 7217

    Mob: +65 9660 7040

    Priscilla.yip@airbus.com

    Laurence Petiard

    Tel: + 33 (0)4 42 85 25 45

    Mob: + 33 (0)6 18 79 75 69

    Laurence.petiard@airbus.com

     

     

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