Atlanta, 5 March, 2019 – Airbus Helicopters North America delivered 57 rotorcraft and logged gross bookings for 75 helicopters (net: 71) in 2018 (up from 70 gross orders in 2017),
reaffirming its North American civil & parapublic market lead with a market share of 72%.
Notable orders from 2018 include the first installment of a 21-helicopter contract with Air
Medical Group Holdings, 3 H160 bookings with a single VIP customer, a number of H125
bookings with the California Highway Patrol and U.S. Customs & Border Patrol, as well as a
large increase in sales to private and corporate customers. Nearly 40% of all bookings were
to customers new to the Airbus product line.
“Our performance in 2018 is a result of our commitment to providing a superior customer
experience for all of our customers, and making sure that we continue to meet their evolving
and specific mission needs,” said Chris Emerson, president of Airbus Helicopters, Inc. and
head of the North American Region. “We have seen a significant increase over the past few
years of new customers, especially in the private and corporate aviation sector. In 2019 we
are celebrating our 50th anniversary of operations in North America; our goal this year is to
ensure that customers, current and future, continue to see the value in Airbus and keep
In 2018, Airbus Helicopters remained number one in four out of the five main market
segments in terms of deliveries in North America, with 62% of the parapublic market, 71% of
air medical, 56% of commercial/utility and 86% of private and corporate aviation. The H125
and H130 family continued to be best sellers with multiple deliveries to air medical and law
enforcement operators, as well as utility.
Airbus continues to advance in the North American market with the H135 as the most cost
effective multirole light twin on the market, with deliveries taking place for air medical and
private and business aviation customers. The IFR-certified H135 is being proposed by Airbus
Helicopters as the best choice for the U.S. Navy’s helicopter trainer fleet replacement. This
multi-mission helicopter is already in use with ten military services in nine nations for initial
and advanced rotary-wing pilot training, with more than 1,300 H135 family aircraft in service
around the globe.
Airbus Helicopters is also making great strides with its updated and simplified HCare material
management offering that helps customers improve and simplify their helicopter maintenance
activities. HCare contracts were secured with Boston Med Flight, Superior Helicopter
Services, and the Miami Police Department.
Airbus Helicopters began its operations in North America 50 years ago, and today is the
leading provider of helicopters in North America, with more than 800 customers operating
nearly 2,600 aircraft. Airbus Helicopters Inc. and Airbus Helicopters Canada Ltd.
manufacture, market, sell, assemble, support and provide training solutions for Airbus
helicopters through three regional sites: main offices and Support & Services hub in Grand
Prairie, Texas; production facilities for the H125 for North America and the UH-72 Lakota for
the U.S. Army in Columbus, Miss., and offices in Fort Erie, Ontario.
Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2018 it generated revenues of € 64 billion
and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger
airliners. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one
of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military
rotorcraft solutions worldwide.