Airbus Helicopters logged orders for 369 helicopters in 2019.

The company delivered 332 helicopters, including the landmark 1000th Super Puma, thus maintaining its lead in the civil & parapublic market with a 54% market share in terms of units.

According to a release from the company:

“On the civil side, the H125 and H145 remain best-sellers on the market with 130 and 91 bookings in 2019 respectively. Airbus Helicopters also reinforced its position in the military market thanks to key successes with international campaigns such as 23 NH90 for Spain and 25 H225M mainly for Hungary and Indonesia.

2019 saw Airbus Helicopters deploying its global support contracts on the military side with a key support contract for the NH90 in service in the German Army, the Tiger, Cougar and Caracal contracts in France, and a five-year extension of the through-life support contract for the Australian Army’s Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) Tiger. On the civil side, 250 additional helicopters were covered by global HCare contracts.”

“The increased contribution from support and services and key wins in the military sector in 2019 underlines the importance of our robust business model. The balance between our different revenue streams enables us to maintain our global leadership in a challenging civil and parapublic market” said Bruno Even, Airbus Helicopters CEO.

“Our customers place their trust in our solutions and our goal is keep providing them with improved products and services that keep them flying,” he added.

In 2018 the firm generated revenues of €64 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000.

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DaveyB

I am very surprised that Nations are still buying the Super Puma, when there’s better aircraft out there, I guess its cheap. It also has a fundamental safety risk in its design, that has caused a number of fatalities. Namely, the design of the coupling between the engine and the main rotor gearbox. The aircraft uses a sacrificial drive shaft between the engine and gearbox. What is supposed to happens is this. If one of the engines malfunctions and stops working. The engine becomes a dead weight and load on the main gearbox. In essence the gearbox will spin the… Read more »

Rfn_Weston

In other helo related news it has been reported that the MOD have now confirmed the full 50 Apache replacements/upgrades… Thanks goodness!

And for the measly sum of under $500 million!!! How we haven’t decided to increase this order is beyond me! I realise the extra costs of pilots, spares training etc but purely for attritional reserves surely it makes sense?

They have surely been the single most highly worked ‘offensive’ platform in the last 15 years, and proved irreplaceable?