Airbus Snags Orders for 43 Helicopters at Heli-Expo

 - March 8, 2019, 11:14 AM
Airbus Helicopters booked orders for 10 new H145s and nine D3 component retrofits for in-service H145s at Heli-Expo 2019. (Photo: Chad Trautvetter/AIN)

Airbus Helicopters logged orders for 43 aircraft at Heli-Expo this week, 21 of which came from long-time customer Texas-based Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH) for a mix of H125 singles and H135 light twins as part of that company’s fleet-modernization program. AMGH currently operates a fleet of more than 306 helicopters, 85 of them Airbus ships.

The company also announced a number of orders for its new D3 variant of its H145 medium twin that features a new five-blade main rotor system and Fadec engine. Newly signed up customers include Dare County (North Carolina) MedFlight, the Ukrainian Ministry of Interior, Advance Flight of New Zealand, The Norwegian Air Ambulance Services, and Swiss Air Rega. Altogether, it booked orders for 10 new H145s and nine D3 component retrofits for in-service H145s.

Airbus also inked orders for a new ACH160 from an undisclosed Canadian customer, two new H175 super-mediums from the Chinese Ministry of Transport’s Rescue and Salvage Bureau, and an H225 acquisition from the Japan Coast Guard.

On the support side, Airbus signed contracts covering the 19 helicopters in the UK’s National Police Air Service fleet.