Airbus has signed its first Canadian order for an ACH160. The undisclosed customer, who the OEM says has vast experience in corporate aviation, has opted for the aircraft to be delivered with a custom-made interior.
“We are proud to announce the sale of the first H160 in Canada where we have seen strong interest in this game-changing aircraft,” says Airbus Helicopters Canada president Romain Trapp. "The H160 has received considerable attention from private and business aviation, air medical services and passenger transport operators. Its breakthrough design, low sound levels, smooth flight at high speeds and the product maturity at entry into service meet and often exceed the premium standards set by operators in high-demand markets.”
The client's selection of the H160 followed a flight demonstration during its 2018 North American tour, which took place in spring last year.
The medium twin engine aircraft is the first clean sheet member of Airbus' H series of helicopters. It offers increased external visibility for pilots through its enlarged windshield, lateral and floor level, combined with aircraft cameras that show one of four multifunctional displays in the cockpit. The Helionix digital avionics suite and the four-axis autopilot are also deigned to significantly reduce pilot workload.