European aeronautics and space firm Airbus sees a growing market for its helicopters in the Philippines.
This developed as it recently sold an H130 (formerly Eurocopter EC130) to Cebu-based helicopter charter operator GCA Skyline Aviation Inc.
In a news statement, Lionel de Maupeou, managing director of Airbus Helicopters Philippines, said: “The Philippines is one of the most active markets in the Southeast Asia region, presenting abundant opportunities for new helicopter acquisition.”
He added that the H130 is a member of the Ecureuil family of light helicopters, “renowned for its performance, reliability, safety and multimission capability”.
In the Philippines, close to 60 Ecureuil helicopters are currently flown by civil and parapublic (C&P), and commercial operators, making them the most popular helicopters. Airbus Helicopters accounts for 50 percent of the market share in the commercial and C&P segments in the Philippines, he stressed.