Another Record Year for Eurocopter

 - January 22, 2008, 11:10 AM

Eurocopter, at a news conference in Paris today, disclosed its results for last year, saying it achieved an all-time high in sales that surpasses those for 2006, which were tops until now. The French-German helicopter manufacturer recorded 802 orders worth $9.5 billion (€6.58 billion) last year, and the backlog now stands at a record $20 billion (€13.5 billion). According to Eurocopter, the company’s best seller is the Ecureuil/EC 130 line, 325 of which were ordered, including military versions. The EC 135 light twin is the next best-selling helicopter, with 134 sales for the year. Eurocopter CEO Lutz Bertling noted that the executive/corporate segment has grown by 30 percent every year since 2005, though he pointed out that all rotorcraft market segments are growing. Eurocopter last year delivered 488 helicopters, a 28-percent leap from the previous year, and Bertling indicated that shipments this year will be even higher. Revenues increased by 10 percent to $6 billion (€4.17 billion), even though the company has been affected by the falling U.S. dollar.