AIRBUS CORPORATE Helicopters (ACH) announced at the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva on May 21, 2019, it has sold one ACH160 helicopter to an undisclosed UK customer.
Airbus Corporate Helicopters said the customer, an experienced operator, will use the ACH160 for general corporate purposes.
The sale brings the total number of ACH160 helicopters sold to 11, four of which are for UK-based customers.
Also at EBACE 2019, the company announced it has delivered a further two ACH160s, one ACH145 and an ACH130 in recent weeks.
Of the four aircraft sold in the UK, two have been ordered by a long-term corporate helicopter operator and a third by Isle of Manbased Luvair.
Frederic Lemos, Head of ACH, said: “This substantial new business for the ACH160 – even before certification – is clearly demonstrating its very high level of acceptance in the market. These firm orders from highly knowledgeable customers are concrete evidence that the aircraft is addressing the needs of the most demanding operators.”
ACH said the H160 design is on track to achieve type certification by the end of 2019.
On May 22, 2019, ACH announced it had delivered the first of two ACH145s to an existing customer for use on super yachts in the Mediterranean and Caribbean seas.
The two helicopters are part of a fleet renewal programme and will be managed by Luvair on behalf of the customer. The second ACH160 will be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2019 and the same customer also has one of the above mentioned ACH160s on order, for delivery following certification.
Shortly after the conclusion of EBACE 2019, ACH delivered a single ACH130 helicopter to UK mobile home park entrepreneur Alfie Best. Painted in a bespoke colour scheme, Best will use the ACH130 to support operations of his Wyldecrest Parks company.