Airbus Helicopters H160. Photo courtesy of Airbus Helicopters by Anthony Pecchi
North America will officially see its first of four Airbus Helicopters H160s.
Airbus said the unnamed customer is a "major U.S. business entity with extensive experience in corporate aviation." One aircraft will be delivered with the Stylence by Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) line. The remaining three will be delivered in the ACH Exclusive configuration.
Chris Emerson, president of Airbus Helicopters, Inc. and head of North American region, said the aircraft is targeted for private and business aviation, air medical services and passenger transport in the region.
Airbus announced at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas its global launch customer, Babcock International Group, had signed a five-year frame agreement for an unspecified number of a fleet of H160s for emergency medical services.
The aircraft was on display at its booth at Heli-Expo Feb. 27 to March 1. The aircraft now begins its FAA certification testing and demo tour. It will undergo testing at Airbus' facility in Grand Prairie, Texas, and then will demo flights March 14 to 16. It will be in Houston March 20 to 22 to oil and gas customers. It will then remain the U.S. until July to finalize hot and high testing near Denver, Colorado, before returning to France, where the other two prototypes will be to carry out further certification testing.