Airbus Helicopters

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Airbus Helicopters
Industry Aerospace
Founded 1992
Headquarters Marseille Provence Airport
Marignane, France
Key people
Guillaume Faury, CEO
Products Helicopters
Revenue €6.3 billion (2013)
Number of employees
Parent Airbus Group
Subsidiaries Subsidiaries

Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter Group) is a global helicopter manufacturing and support company. It is the largest in the industry in terms of revenues and turbine helicopter deliveries. Its head office is located at Marseille-Provence International Airport in Marignane, France, near Marseille.[1] Airbus Helicopters' main facilities are at its headquarters in Marignane, France and in Donauwörth, Germany, with additional production plants in Brazil (Itajubá,MG), Australia, Spain and the United States. The company was renamed Airbus Helicopters on 2 January 2014.[2]


Airbus Helicopters, then named Eurocopter Group, was formed in 1992 through the merger of the helicopter divisions of Aérospatiale and Daimler-Benz Aerospace AG (DASA). The company's heritage traces back to Blériot and Lioré et Olivier in France and to Messerschmitt and Focke-Wulf in Germany.[3]

Airbus Helicopters and its predecessor companies have established a wide range of helicopter 'firsts,' including the first production turboshaft-powered helicopter (the Alouette II of 1955); the introduction of the Fenestron shrouded tail rotor (on the Gazelle of 1968); the first helicopter certified for full flight in icing conditions (the AS332 Super Puma, in 1984); the first production helicopter with a Fly-by-Wire control system (the NH90, first flown in full FBW mode in 2003); the first helicopter to use a Fly-by-Light primary control system (an EC135 testbed, first flown in 2003); and the first ever landing of a helicopter on Mt. Everest (achieved by an AS350 B3 in 2005).[4][5][6]

As a consequence of the merger of Airbus Helicopters' former parents in 2000, the firm is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Airbus Group. The creation of what was then called EADS in 2000 also incorporated CASA of Spain, which itself had a history of helicopter-related activities dating back to Talleres Loring, including local assembly of the Bo105.

Today, Airbus Helicopters has four main plants in Europe (Marignane and La Courneuve in France, and Donauwörth and Kassel in Germany), plus 32 subsidiaries and participants around the world, including those in Brisbane, Australia, Albacete, Spain and Grand Prairie, USA.[7][8]

former logo and name before the rebranding

As of 2014, more than 12,000 Airbus Helicopters were in service with over 3,000 customers in around 150 countries.[9]

Eurocopter sold 422 helicopters in 2013 and delivered 497 helicopters that year.[10]


  • AS332 Super Puma - medium-sized twin-engined transport/utility helicopter
  • AS350 Ecureuil/AStar - light single-engine utility helicopter
  • AS355 Ecureuil 2/TwinStar - light twin-engine utility helicopter
  • AS365 Dauphin - medium-weight multipurpose twin-engine helicopter
  • AS532 Cougar - twin-engined, medium-weight, multipurpose helicopter
  • AS550 Fennec & AS555 Fennec 2 - single- and twin-engined, light-weight, multipurpose helicopters
  • AS565 Panther - military medium-weight multipurpose twin-engine helicopter
  • EC120 Colibri (with Harbin Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation) - 5-seat, single-engine, single main rotor, light helicopter
  • EC130 - light single-engine 'wide-body' helicopter
  • EC135 - light twin-engine civil helicopter
  • EC145 - twin-engine intermediate utility helicopter
  • EC155 - long-range medium-lift passenger transport helicopter
  • EC175 - medium-sized twin-engined transport/utility helicopter
  • EC225 Super Puma - long-range passenger transport helicopter
  • EC635 - military light multi-purpose helicopter
  • EC645 - military intermediate multi-purpose helicopter
  • EC665 Tiger - dedicated military attack helicopter
  • EC725 Cougar - long-range tactical transport helicopter
  • HH/MH-65C/D Dolphin - medium-sized search & rescue and drug interdiction helicopter
  • NH90 - medium-sized, twin-engine, multi-role military, fly-by-wire helicopter (via 62.5% share in NHI joint venture)
  • Surion - medium-sized twin-engined transport/utility helicopter developed in cooperation with Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI)
  • UH-72 Lakota - light utility helicopter in operation with the U.S. Army and Navy
  • rotorcraft - hybrid helicopter with two forward propellers, which achieved an historic 255-knot speed milestone in level flight in June 2011.[11]
  • X4 - Twin medium in development to replace the AS365 and EC155 models and due to be unveiled 3 March 2015 with first test flight brought forward from 2016 to 2015, it will be powered by a Turbomeca Arrano generating 1100-1300BHP[12].

Note: On Airbus Helicopters aircraft designed in France, the main rotor turns clockwise when viewed from above, in common with rotorcraft deriving from Russia. Airbus Helicopters products developed in Germany have a main rotor which turns counter-clockwise when viewed from above, in common with American rotorcraft.



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