Airbus is the world’s leading manufacturer of helicopters, offering the most comprehensive lineup of civilian and military helicopters in the world.
A division of Airbus, a global aerospace and defense leader, the Airbus Helicopters division employs approximately, 23,000 people worldwide. Its fleet in service includes over 12,000 helicopters operated by more than 3,000 customers across 150 countries. Worldwide, the company maintains a 45 percent market share in the civil and parapublic markets.
Airbus Helicopters Inc., the U.S. affiliate, opened in Grand Prairie, Texas, in 1969. It also operates a final assembly plant in Columbus, Mississippi. Airbus’ helicopters are the U.S. market leaders for air medical transport, law enforcement and airborne tourism.
Airbus Helicopters Inc. has been the sales leader for U.S. civil and commercial helicopters for 16 consecutive years.
Also operating in the North America market is Airbus Helicopters Canada Ltd., based in Fort Erie, Ontario. The U.S. and Canadian facilities operate under the leadership of Christopher Emerson, Head of Airbus Helicopters North America and President of Airbus Helicopters Inc. and Romain Trapp, COO Airbus Helicopters North America and President of Airbus Helicopters Canada.
The Fort Erie facility specializes in aircraft repair and overhaul, is recognized as a center of excellence for engineering and composite manufacturing, and is the sole source supplier of many parts installed on Airbus helicopters flying all over the world.
Airbus’ single-engine and light twin-engine helicopters dominate sales in North America in every market segment. The newest versions of the H145 and H135, both equipped with Airbus’ developed state-of-the-art Helionix avionics system, maintain Airbus’ decade’s long market leadership in the light twin market, especially for air medical transport providers.
The Airbus H125, built for the North American market at the Airbus final assembly plant in Columbus, Miss. has for years been the best-selling high-performance single-engine helicopter for a variety of missions. The Airbus H130 is the leading aerial tourism helicopter in North America. Airbus is also capturing new market niches in air medical transport and Corporate/VIP segment.
Airbus has produced more than 400 UH-72A Lakota helicopters for the U.S. Army at its Columbus, Miss. facility. Every Lakota has been delivered on time, budget and meeting demanding Army quality standards. The UH-72A is in use with Army and National Guard units for medevac, reconnaissance, border security, search and rescue and even firefighting missions. The Lakota is also the Army’s primary flight training heli- copter based in Fort Rucker, Ala.
The U.S. Coast Guard relies heavily on the Airbus MH-65 Dolphin for search-and-rescue and drug interdiction missions. MH-65’s performed yeoman duty following the 2017 hurricanes that devastated portions of Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. U.S. Customs and Border Protection operate a fleet of 100 Airbus helicopters, primarily consisting of the H125.
Airbus and its North American affiliates have invested heavily in material and human resources to strengthen customer support. The on-time delivery rate for spare parts in North America is more than 96 percent.