Airbus Helicopter models orders and deliveries 2016
Airbus Helicopters has released its results for 2016.
The European helicopter manufacturer formerly known as Eurocopter took 388 gross orders and delivered 418 aircraft last year.
Orders for Airbus Helicopters models included 188 orders for light-single engine helicopters, 163 orders for the H135/H145 light-twins and 23 for the Super Puma family.
The deliveries total was a five percent increase compared with 2015. The company’s backlog stood at 766 helicopters at the end of the year.
Guillaume Faury, Chief Executive Officer of Airbus Helicopters, said: “The multiple challenges faced in 2016 have increased our resolve to support our customers with an ever-increasing commitment to quality and safety, leveraging the most modern portfolio of products and services.
“For the rotorcraft industry as a whole, 2016 was probably the most difficult year of the last decade. Despite this challenging market environment we delivered on our operational objectives and proceeded with the execution of our transformation plan.”
Highlights of 2016 for Airbus Helicopters included selection of the H225M by Singapore and Kuwait and the H135/H145’s selection in the UK for military flight training. Last year also saw first deliveries of the new AS565 MBe Panther naval helicopter to Mexico and Indonesia and the first flight of the NH90 Sea Lion for the German Navy.
On the civil side, highlights included the service entry of the first H175 medium-twin helicopter in VIP configuration and the start of flight testing for the public services variant ahead of certification in 2017.
Source: Airbus Helicopters