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U.S. Impact

Impact on the U.S. economy

For 50 years, U.S. helicopter operators have placed their trust in Airbus.

That trust has made Airbus Helicopters the leading provider of helicopters in the U.S. — and a major contributor to economic growth.

To date, the company has produced more than 1,600 helicopters and trained some 12,250 pilots in support of U.S. military, law enforcement, emergency medical services, utility, tourism and private business aviation operations.

Airbus Helicopters is a division of Airbus, an international reference in the aerospace sector that designs, manufactures and delivers industry-leading commercial aircraft, helicopters, military transports, satellites and launch vehicles, as well as provides data services, navigation, secure communications, urban mobility and other solutions for customers on a global scale. Since 1990, Airbus has spent $220 billion with more than 2,100 U.S. suppliers — $42 billion in the last three years alone. That spending helps support 275,000 American jobs in more than 40 states. Additionally, Airbus employs nearly 4,000 direct employees in 47 locations across the country, including Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Virginia and Washington, D.C. The Airbus Helicopters division has over 3,000 customers worldwide and has maintained a 52% share of the commercial and parapubli market, with deliveries of 356 helicopters and revenues of $6.8 billion in 2018 alone.

Airbus is now the largest export company for the U.S. aerospace industry and Texas -  location of the North American headquarters for Airbus’ helicopter operations - ranks #1 for employment in the air transportation industry.  Over $160 million is spent each year with industrial partners in Texas, including more than 45 direct suppliers. Airbus Helicopters’ Training Center with the Helisim Simulation Center in Grand Prairie bring upwards of 2,000 people through Dallas-Fort Worth each year, adding over $4 million to the DFW economy annually.


Made in the USA 

Airbus Helicopters Inc. is proud to build the H125 helicopter and U.S. Army UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter in Columbus, Mississippi by a workforce that is 40 percent U.S. military veterans. We have delivered over 430 plus UH-72A Lakota aircraft to the U.S. Army; all delivered on time, on cost, and on quality.

The company’s Grand Prairie, Texas headquarters are home to customer and technical support, sales and marketing and engineering services.



Military customers

To meet their missions, U.S. military customers turn to Airbus helicopters and Airbus is a major partner in Homeland Security and Defense.

The U.S. Army operates more than 430 Lakotas for training and the National Guard, the U.S. Coast Guard protects the seas with more than 100 Dauphin helicopters, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection use upwards of 100 H125 aircraft. Airbus Helicopters Inc. is now proposing the versatile, twin-engine H135 for the U.S. Navy helicopter trainer.



Made in U.S.

08 October 2019

Jeremy Rogers, Manager Import Compliance Logistics, Supply Chain

I’ve always had a passion for aviation and being part of the process that builds the aircraft is just icing on the cake. I have been in the aviation industry for 20 years and I am a licensed U.S. customs broker. As manager of import compliance, logistics and supply chain, I currently oversee the compliance and movement of all helicopter spare parts into the United States. Regardless of the situation, knowing how hard our team works together to get the parts to the customer on time is very satisfying. Teamwork makes the dream work! From the Dallas-Fort Worth Distribution Center, we make it fly.

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23 September 2019

Abe Kulkarni, Airbus Helicopters, Airbus Legal Counsel

I’m proud TO BE part of a team that builds, delivers, and maintains aircraft for our nation’s warfighters and first responders. My experience in the U.S. Air Force impressed on me the critical importance of having aircraft flight-ready and standing by to respond to any situation. As legal counsel, my work protects the company and allows us to carry on with the mission AT HAND. From Grand Prairie, Texas, we make it fly.

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United States 26 July 2019

Ryan Denton, Airbus Helicopters, Director Strategy

At Airbus, I serve as Director of Strategy for helicopters in the U.S. I help identify and define the future of our products and services to serve the needs of our customers better. I served in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot, and from that experience, I understand that we have to deliver the safest, most capable, and most available products and services to ensure our customer’s success. I feel honored to be able to continue to work for our military and commercial customers to complete their missions. From Grand Prairie, Texas. We make it fly. Ryan Denton Airbus Helicopters, In. Director Strategy U.S. Air Force Veteran

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