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In 2022 Airbus Helicopters logged 374 gross orders (net 362), highlighting the ongoing market recovery with an impressive 216 light single engine helicopters sold. Deliveries increased from 338 in 2021 to 344 in 2022, contributing to Airbus Helicopters' preliminary 52 per cent share of the civil and parapublic 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. Our teams will continue to work hard to meet their needs and deliver on our commitments in 2023,” says CEO Bruno Even. “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, 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 H135s to the Spanish Ministry of Interior following the major order just 10 months prior.
Significant support and services contracts were signed for both the civil and military range. The Helicopter Company in Saudi Arabia also signed in-service HCare contracts for its fleet of 20 H145s and six ACH160s.
“It is no surprise that security is currently a priority for many countries. This is reflected in our order book with an important contract for 27 H125s with our longstanding partner, the Brazilian armed forces. We launched a major upgrade of the Tiger helicopter for the French and Spanish armies, and we are also progressing with the design of the H175M assembly line in Broughton should we win the New Medium Helicopter campaign in the UK,” Even continues.
Airbus Helicopters also continued to make inroads on its decarbonisation roadmap, which is based on a threefold approach using SAF, hybridisation and electrification.
”The unveiling of our DisruptiveLab demonstrator at the Airbus Summit is another significant step to decarbonising vertical lift. The aircraft that took flight on 13 January will demonstrate our capability to reduce CO2 emissions by 50 per cent. Our commitment to sustainability also saw us forge more partnerships that will support the optimal entry into service of the CityAirbus NextGen, our eVTOL prototype,” he adds.
The 2022 full year financial results will be disclosed on 16 February, 2023.