The first of the two contracts was signed for a Helionix-equipped H135 helicopter, with its longstanding customer Excel Air Services. Currently their fleet comprises of an AS355N, AS350B2, AS350B3 and Hermès-designed H135. This best-seller light-twin helicopter will be dedicated for electronic news gathering missions.
The second contract was signed with a new customer the Hokkaido Government, which placed an order for one AS365N3+ helicopter from the Dauphin family. The helicopter will be dedicated for rescue missions and supporting activities in the Prefecture. It is also going to play an important role in the North of Japan, known for its extensive fields and harsh winter conditions.
Currently leading the Japanese civil and parapublic helicopter market with more than 50 per cent market share, Airbus Helicopters plans to increase its position in tandem with the Japan’s projected fleet growth of 2 per cent annually over the next 20 years.
Additionally, Airbus has delivered one AS365N3+ helicopter each to the Fukuoka City Fire Department and the Kumamoto prefecture respectively, for firefighting work, search and rescue missions and emergency support.
“The successive orders and deliveries signal a good start to the new year in Japan, as we renew long-lasting relationships and welcome new ones,” said Olivier Tillier, Managing Director of Airbus Helicopters in Japan. “With more orders expected in the coming months, we are all geared to provide total support through our well-established value chain to serve the growing needs of our customers.”