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Making the best even better

The H125 (previously named the AS350 B3e) outclasses all other single-engine helicopters for performance, versatility, low maintenance, and low acquisition costs, while excelling in high and hot and extreme environments. It is a member of Airbus’ Ecureuil family, which has accumulated more than 32 million flight hours worldwide.

World-record holder

In 2005, the AS350 B3 broke the world record for the highest-altitude landing and takeoff, performed on Mount Everest at 8,848 metres (29,029 feet), a title still held today.


Backed by experience and a long heritage

The H125 is a member of Airbus’ rugged and proven Ecureuil family. Some 6,200 members of the Ecureuil family (AS350, AS355, AS550, AS555, H125, H125M, EC130, H130) have been delivered in nearly 120 countries for some 1,900 operators. Together, these aircraft have accumulated more than 32 million flight hours.

About 700 H125 (AS350 B3e) series are currently in-service worldwide, and are mainly used for high performance missions in high and hot conditions.

The H125 has broken world records throughout its career. In 2005, the AS350 B3 broke the world record for the highest-altitude landing and takeoff, performed on Mount Everest at 8,848 metres (29,029 feet), a title still held today. On 19 May 2013, the AS350 B3 performed the world's highest long-line rescue operation on Lhotse, the world's fourth highest mountain, located in the Himalayas, at 7,800 metres (25,590 feet).

Built for performance

The H125 is equipped with a Safran Arriel 2D turboshaft engine with upgraded triple engine control thanks to a dual-channel Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) unit, plus a third independent and automatic back-up channel for automatic start-up. The engine is fitted with an engine data recorder.

A multi-mission workhorse

With built-in manoeuvrability, excellent visibility and low vibration levels in the cabin, the H125 has earned its reputation as a true multi-mission workhorse, becoming a common sight at heliports, hospital landing pads, police department operations centres and airports around the world.

The H125’s elegant new cabin has a flat floor that can be quickly and easily reconfigured for various missions, including aerial work, firefighting, law enforcement, search and rescue, and passenger transport.

Safe and intuitive

The H125 offers pilots enhanced safety and reduced workload thanks to the glass cockpit instrument panel’s Garmin G500H and Vehicle & Engine Multifunction Display (® (VEMD), developed for Airbus rotorcraft.

The VEMD allows pilots to check the main vehicle and engine parameters with just a glance.

Supported by Airbus’ global network

Wherever you operate, a member of Airbus’ worldwide service network is nearby to provide the support you need to keep your H125 flying.

This network includes 29 customer centres and affiliates sites; more than 100 distributors, representatives, training centres, repair and overhaul facilities and maintenance centres; as well as logistics hubs in France, Hong Kong, and Germany.

From technical support, component repair, and overhaul, to spare parts support, technical publications and training – Airbus is at your service. For more information, visit our HCare Services section.


With several hundred supplemental type certificates (STC) developed for this helicopter in addition to optional equipment proposed by Airbus Helicopters, the H125 is a multi-mission helicopter able to change mission configurations in a very short amount of time.

Aerial work

The H125 can easily be reconfigured for various aerial work missions with a wide range of optional equipment, whatever the environment and the mission requirement.

The aircraft is up to the most rigorous high and hot missions, with an impressive cargo-swing load capacity of 1,400 kg (3,086 lb).

Missions include air crane operations, firefighting, power line inspection, crop spraying, news gathering, parachuting, geological surveys, wildlife survey, farming and fishing activities, etc.

Law enforcement

Day or night, this helicopter is up for the job. Fast, agile and simple to use, the H125 is operated today by police forces in some 30 regions across the world.

The H125 is well adapted for multi-role law enforcement missions including surveillance, command and control, search and pursuit, rescue, special operations, escort and border patrol in high and hot conditions. 

The unobstructed flat floor cabin and low vibration level ensure optional equipment can be easily installed, including law enforcement instrument panels, search lights, electro-optical system (EOS), operator consoles, night vision goggle (NVG)-compatible light sourcing and instruments, wire strike protection, loudspeakers, downlink, rappelling, etc.

Passenger transport

Thanks to its wide, unobstructed cabin, fast cruising speed long range, it’s easy to see why this helicopter is a favourite of business aviation customers; add to this its easy cabin access through two large sliding doors, forward-facing seats and three baggage compartments.

Air conditioned and roomy, the cabin experiences low vibration levels for maximum passenger comfort. In addition, a high-end interior design called Stylence® is available from Airbus for operators seeking both functionality and luxury in passenger transport.

Private and business aviation

To differentiate its approach to Private & Business Aviation, Airbus Helicopters has introduced Airbus Corporate Helicopters – ACH – its exclusive offer providing an end-to-end service-based ownership experience.

ACH provides an exclusive platform from which customers can experience best-in-class corporate and VIP transport solutions, tailored completion, and service. ACH ensures that only the highest quality materials and the best craftsmanship are on offer to customers.

The ACH range now features the ACH prefix: ACH125, ACH130, ACH135, ACH145, ACH160, and ACH175.

Please visit our dedicated website to find out more.

Emergency medical services

When configured for vital life-saving and emergency medical transportation, the H125 can carry up to four people (1 pilot, 1 patient and 2 attendants) plus medical equipment.


Photos and videos

Air Dynasty H125    
H125 Static Display Ambiance - FIA2018 - Day 02    
H125 helicopter Farnborough handover QinetiQ ETPS 3    
H125 helicopter Farnborough handover QinetiQ ETPS 1    
Airbus Helicopters Handover of Empire Test Pilot School H125 to Qinetiq    
H125 helicopter Farnborough handover QinetiQ ETPS 2    
Static Display Ambiance - FIA2018 - Day 02    
H125 Static Display Ambiance - FIA 2018 - Day 01    
H125 VIP    
HELICAL’s H125 for utility operations    
FIDAE air show 2018 - static display 3    
Static display - H125    
AirbusHelicopters SteveHampson ETPSHeliUndergoingCustomisation AHUK3    
Heliflite China orders 10 Airbus light helicopters and becomes official distributor in China    
Helitrans acquires four H125s    
EXPH 1725 14 A4    
Elicotteri signs for two H125    
Cost reductions efforts pay off on H125, H130 and H135 programs    
Airbus H125 helicopters operating on the roof of the world    
QinetiQ signs for four H125 for Empire Test Pilots’ School    
Bruno Decelle - 30,000 Flight Hours      
HAI 2016 - Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol      

H125 news

On safari with the H125 and H130

Helitrans expands H125 fleet with four additional helicopters


Airbus Foundation provides assistance in Guatemala after the eruption of the Volcán de Fuego


Airbus Helicopters Handover of Empire Test Pilot School H125 to Qinetiq


Airbus Helicopters and the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior sign for 55 helicopters


Airbus Helicopters and Safran roll out major competitiveness boost to H125 and H130

Did you know?
Total accumulated flight hours for single engine AS350, AS550, and H125 family: 
+25 million (including the H125M)
Fleet leader: 
37,000+ flight hours for one AS350 – more than any other aircraft in Airbus’ entire helicopter range   
Longest H125 in service: 
40 years (an AS350)

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