Airbus Helicopters marks 6 decades of its partnership with Japan, which began when predecessor Sud Aviation entered into an exclusive distributorship agreement with Nozaki & Co., Ltd. in Japan in 1960.
The agreement was followed by the company’s first helicopter delivery – an Alouette II – in 1961.
Airbus Helicopters leads the Japanese civil and parapublic market with a 53% market share, serving over 100 operators.
In 2019, the company delivered ten new helicopters and added over 40% of the new bookings available in Japan.
Today, there are over 370 Airbus helicopters flying in Japan. The airframer has a team of 330 personnel based in Tokyo and Kobe. The Kobe facility also acts as the regional hub for engineering, blade repair, and H135 helicopter training, equipped with a full flight simulator.
Airbus Helicopters extended its footprint in Japan in January, with the inauguration of a new hangar in Kobe, adding overall capacity by 60%, to handle 40 medium-sized helicopters all at the same time.
“We are indeed very happy to celebrate this milestone today with the partners and customers who have journeyed with us. As a company, we have navigated through many challenges, starting as a distributor and subsequently adding maintenance and training capabilities over the years. Today, Airbus Helicopters Japan has established itself in the country, offering a comprehensive range of helicopter solutions for customers in Japan,” said Stephane Ginoux, Head of Region – North Asia, Airbus.
“We thank our customers and partners who have shown their continued confidence and trust. This achievement demonstrates the reliability of our products and services, and confirms the strong relationship between Japan and Airbus. We stay committed to further our cooperative ties with the Japanese industries and continue to render our best support for customers’ success and safe operations,” added Guillaume Leprince, Managing Director of Airbus Helicopters Japan.
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