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05 March 2019

Airbus Helicopters North America increases orders and market share in 2018

H160 Over New York
  • Gross bookings up 7% percent to 75 units
  • 72% commercial aircraft delivery market share for North America

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

coming back.”

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.


About Airbus


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.


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