Airbus Helicopters (Booth N1915) is planning to bring an 18-passenger version of its H175 helicopter to market by the end of 2018. The new cabin, which provides two additional passenger seats over the current base version, will be similar to that of the H225 Super Puma. “The objective is to strengthen the passenger transport market for the oil industry or services, even if these opportunities are currently difficult,” said Marc Allongue, head of the H175 program at Airbus Helicopters.
Positioned in the “super medium” market segment with a mtow of 7.8 tonnes (17,500 pounds), the H175 was launched in 2006 in a 50-50 partnership with Chinese manufacturer AVIC to target offshore, VIP and utilities markets.
The Airbus Helicopters version is equipped with two Pratt & Whitney PT6C-67E engines, while the Chinese version (Z15) is equipped with a derivative of the Ardiden turbine from Safran Helicopter Engines. The main competitors of the Franco-Chinese helicopter are the Leonardo AW139 and AW189 models.