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Airbus Helicopters delivered 409 rotorcraft and logged gross orders for 350 helicopters in 2017, with a strong commercial performance on the heavy and super medium segments.
The company booked 54 orders for helicopters of the Super Puma family and 19 orders for the super-medium H175, confirming those types as best-sellers on their respective market segments. Bookings also included 168 orders for light-single engine helicopters and 105 orders for the H135/H145 light-twins. At the end of 2017, the overall backlog stood at 692 helicopters.
“We are now closing the first chapter of the company-wide transformation launched in 2014, which has allowed us to become stronger and leaner in a challenging market environment,” said Guillaume Faury, Airbus Helicopters chief executive officer. “Our 2017 results are a testimony to the great work done by our teams to transform our industrial operations, improve our products and services, while delivering an ambitious innovation road map to prepare the future of vertical flight.
“As we launch a second wave of company transformation this year, our main focus will be to speed up these efforts through increased digitalization of our products, services and operations – for the benefit of our customers and the safety of our fleet.”
Last year saw major progress being made on new products, including the H160 – first of the “H Generation” – with three prototypes now in flight-testing ahead of certification in 2019.