Airbus Corporate Helicopters has won an order for two ACH160 helicopters in India – the first sale of the type in the region. The aircraft manufacturer in a statement said that the helicopters will be delivered with the ACH160 Exclusive configuration for business use by the customer who is an experienced helicopter operator.
Under the terms of the contract, Airbus Corporate Helicopters will provide a turnkey solution to ensure smooth entry into service of both the helicopters.
ACH160 is the latest member of the ACH family and has 68 new Airbus patented technologies. It provides 20 per cent greater volume per passenger compared to previous generation medium twin helicopters and 35 per cent larger windows than its competitors, resulting in the brightest cabin in its class.
According to Airbus’ statement, ACH160’s advanced air conditioning technology allows precise temperature control and optimal cabin air quality with highly efficient air exchange. In the ACH160 exclusive version, mood-lighting contributes to reduced fatigue, it added.
Commenting on the development, Olivier Michalon, EVP – Global Business, Airbus Helicopters said, “We are proud to announce this milestone contract for two ACH160 helicopters for our Indian customer. We thank them for their pioneering vision, and I am confident that the entry into service of this helicopter will set a new benchmark for helicopter operations in India, especially for private aviation and premium charters.”
Airbus Helicopters is proud to be a key contributor to the Indian government’s ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ mission. “This new order – the first in India for any helicopter in the H160 range – further reinforces our commitment to the Indian market where already more than 120 Airbus helicopters are flying,” Michalon added.