Airbus Helicopters, April 30, 2014 - With more than 670 of its rotorcraft operating across the African continent, Airbus Helicopters’ presence at next week’s ShieldAfrica exhibition will spotlight the role of its product line in serving this evolving market’s varied missions.
“The designed-in versatility of our aircraft is demonstrated daily in Africa, where they are deployed on demanding missions in some of the world’s most difficult operating conditions,” explained Loic Porcheron, Airbus Helicopters’ Vice President for Africa and Middle East. “Adding to their reliability are the competitive maintenance costs and operational effectiveness for which our products are known worldwide.”
The Airbus Helicopters fleet in Africa is utilized by 200 operators, who deploy the rotorcraft in roles that range from military, parapublic and law enforcement missions – particularly border patrol, search/rescue, natural disaster relief and anti-poaching duties,- to Oil and Gas transportation, emergency medical airlift, as well as private and executive transportation.
These operations are backed by Airbus Helicopters’ commitment to customer support, which includes proximity presence through its subsidiary in South Africa as well as service centres.
To be displayed by Airbus Helicopters at ShieldAfrica are scale models of its light single-engine AS350 Ecureuil, medium-weight AS365 Dauphin and multi-role AS332 Super Puma. The company will be co-exhibiting with International Aircraft Services, an Abidjan-based helicopter services provider whose Airbus Helicopters-built fleet is composed of the AS365 Dauphin, AS355 Ecureuil and SE316 B Alouette rotorcraft types. The company is already performing the maintenance of the AS365, which is used by the Presidency of Ivory Coast.
The ShieldAfrica exhibition is being held May 6-8 at the Ivory Coast’s National Police Academy at Abidjan.
About Airbus Helicopters: Airbus Helicopters, formerly Eurocopter, is a division of Airbus Group, a global pioneer in aerospace and defense related services. Airbus Helicopters is the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer and employs more than 23,000 people worldwide. With over 40% market share in civil and parapublic sectors, the company’s fleet in service includes some 12,000 helicopters operated by more than 3,000 customers in approximately 150 countries. Airbus Helicopters’ international presence is marked by its subsidiaries and participations in 21 countries, and its worldwide network of service centers, training facilities, distributors and certified agents. Airbus Helicopters’ range of civil and military helicopters is the world’s largest; its aircraft account for one third of the worldwide civil and parapublic fleet. The company’s chief priority is to ensure the safe operation of its aircraft for the thousands of people who fly more than 3 million hours per year.