Airbus Corporate Helicopters Buoyed by Orders for New H160

Less than a year from its launch, Airbus’s Corporate Helicopters brand is living up to the company’s expectations. Despite 2017 being “a little bit depressed overall for business aviation in terms of volume of sales,” the first year has been “a great success,” says Frederic Lemos, ACH’s global head, who adds that 2018 will be “the year where we confirm the trend.”

Lemos says ACH made 58 sales during 2017, and that further sales have been made in 2018, including five orders for ACH versions of the forthcoming H160.

“The H160 is a real game-changer,” he says. “There’s a lot of enthusiasm for the VIP version because of the size of the helicopter, and also because of the comfort. We’ve been giving the opportunity to some pilots and clients to fly the helicopter already.”

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