In 2022, Airbus Helicopters logged 374 gross orders (net: 362), highlighting the ongoing market recovery with 216 light single-engine helicopters sold. Deliveries increased from 338 in 2021 to 344 in 2022, contributing to Airbus Helicopters’ preliminary 52% share of the civil and para-public market . Airbus’ helicopter fleet flight hours are now back to pre-COVID 2019 levels.
“2022 was a year in which Airbus Helicopters solidified its recovery, in a context of instability with the war in Ukraine and a fragile supply chain. I’d like to thank our customers for their continued trust in Airbus Helicopters. Our teams will continue to work hard to meet their needs and deliver on our commitments in 2023,” said Bruno Even, Airbus Helicopters CEO. “Our orders came from 203 customers in 48 countries, underlining the importance of our global network as well as showing that in uncertain times, the role of helicopters is more essential than ever .”
New ground was broken, with important first deliveries. The first ACH160 was delivered to a Brazilian customer, transported by an Airbus Beluga, in July 2022. Shortly after, an All Nippon Helicopter’s H160 entered into service in Japan and the French Navy took delivery of the first H160 for SAR operations. In October, the company delivered the first H135 to the Spanish Ministry of Interior following the major order just ten months prior.
Significant support and services contracts were signed for both the civil and military range. Highlights include an NHIndustries contract with NAHEMA for the French and German NH90s and a follow-on contract with the U.S. Army for more than 480 UH-72A and UH-72B Lakota helicopters. The company signed In-Service HCare contracts for its fleet of 20 H145s and six ACH160s.
Up to 26,000 jobs secured in Spain until 2060 with latest Eurofighter contracts
A recent study by Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PWC) shows clear indications that two Eurofighter programme contracts will secure up to 26,000 jobs in Spain. The study was funded by Airbus and took six months to complete. The report focuses on the economic impact of the ‘Halcon’ and ‘Quadriga’ contracts which are relevant to Spain. The report