AgustaWestland and Eurocopter Bullish on Indian Prospects
AgustaWestland last month announced that its sales in India are growing, with seven deliveries last year (not all new rotorcraft), four planned this year and another 12 over the 2008-2009 period. In addition, Hindustan Construction has ordered a second Bell/Agusta BA609 Tiltrotor. Hong-Kong-based Sharp Ocean is now AgustaWestland’s distributor for India, Sri Lanka and The Maldives.
Meanwhile, Eurocopter announced HAL is boosting production of license-built Ecureuils. The Marignane, France-based manufacturer also said it is “discussing opportunities” for long-term industrial cooperation with the Indian aerospace industry, especially in 10-ton-class helicopters. During the Aero India 2007 show, Eurocopter announced the sale of two EC 120s to Apoorva Aviation, a newly formed flying school in Bangalore.