Airbus Helicopters has announced a growth in gross orders of 18 per cent in 2018, as well as securing a number of orders for its next-generation H160.
Airbus delivered 356 rotorcraft and logged a gross order total of 413 helicopters last year, up from 350 gross orders in 2017.
The company also received 148 orders for light twin-engine helicopters of the H135/H145 family as well as securing 15 orders for the H160.
“Our commercial performance in 2018 demonstrates the resilience we have developed as a company to help us navigate what remains a challenging environment,” said Bruno Even, Airbus Helicopters CEO.
“Even though the civil and parapublic market remains at a low level worldwide, we have managed to maintain our global leadership thanks to our wide and modern portfolio of products and services and our international footprint.
“Meanwhile, we have increased our market share in the military sector by securing major contracts with leading armed forces worldwide, with best-in-class solutions. These positive trends give us the means to prepare [for] the future and continue our transformation, with innovation at our core and customer loyalty at heart.”
The overall backlog of orders, at the end of 2018, has increased to 717 helicopters.
Over the year, Airbus delivered the first of 100 H135 helicopters for China.
Hong Kong Government Flying Service also took delivery of their first H175s in public services configuration.
Airbus' Super Puma family also had a successful year, with the selection of the helicopter in key military campaigns, as well as "attracting new civil and parapublic customers with repurposed H225s previously operated on the oil and gas market".