Airbus delivers first-ever H160 helicopter in the United States

Airbus H160 helicopter

Airbus Helicopters has delivered its first-ever H160 helicopter in the United States (US), marking an important milestone in the company’s expansion.  

Before beginning operations, the new H160 helicopter will be used in a route-proving program designed to demonstrate its capabilities in the demanding offshore environment. 

The first of four H160s will then enter service with PHI Aviation for offshore transportation in the Gulf of Mexico.   

“With its state-of-the-art technology, the H160 has set a new standard in the helicopter industry and we are pleased U.S. customers will now benefit from the aircraft’s superior performance,” Bruno Even, CEO of Airbus Helicopters, said. “The H160’s lower fuel consumption, its ability to use up to 50% blended SAF, comfortable cabin, and excellent cockpit visibility make it ideally suited for offshore operations, and we are confident that it will excel in PHI’s energy missions.” 

The route-proving program will make sure that the H160 has a seamless entry into service, ensuring the operator and final customer are familiar with the aircraft’s advanced technology and safety features.   

“This is an exciting milestone for our teams and partners,” Scott McCarty, CEO of PHI Group, said. “The H160 represents a new era for PHI, enhancing our commitment to safety, quality and efficiency for our operations in the Gulf of Mexico. We are proud to officially welcome this next-generation aircraft into our fleet as we kick off route-proving. Congratulations to everyone who helped make this achievement possible!” 

The H160 has proven to be a popular choice for customers in North America and the first Canadian delivery of the helicopter type was made recently to Chartright Air Group.  

The H160 has entered into service in Brazil, Japan, Saudi Arabia, France, and many other European countries.   

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