Airbus Helicopters

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Airbus Helicopters
Type SAS
Industry Aerospace
Founded 1992
Headquarters Marseille Provence Airport
Marignane, France
Key people Guillaume Faury, CEO
Products Helicopters
Revenue €6,3 billion (2012)
Employees 22,000
Parent Airbus Group
Subsidiaries Subsidiaries

The 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's main facilities are at its headquarters in Marignane, France, in Donauwörth, Germany and in Albacete, Spain. 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 the 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 six plants in Europe (Marignane and La Courneuve in France, Donauwörth, Ottobrunn and Kassel in Germany, and Albacete in Spain), plus 30 subsidiaries and participants around the world.[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 346 helicopters in 2010 and delivered 503 helicopters in 2011.[10]


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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