Airbus hails successful year for Super Puma helicopters

Airbus CEO Bruno Even. Super Pumas have not been in use in the North Sea since a fatal crash in 2016.
Airbus CEO Bruno Even. Super Pumas have not been in use in the North Sea since a fatal crash in 2016.

Airbus Helicopters has hailed a successful year for its Super Puma family of aircraft.

The French company said yesterday it delivered a total of 356 rotorcraft and logged gross orders for 413 helicopters during 2018. Gross sales were up from 350 the year before.

It also booked 148 orders for light twin-engine helicopters of the H135/H145 family and secured 15 orders for the next-generation H160.

The firm added: “Last year also proved successful for the Super Puma family, which demonstrated its versatility by being selected in key military campaigns, while attracting new civil and parapublic customers with repurposed H225s previously operated on the oil and gas market.”

Chief executive Bruno Even said: “Our commercial performance in 2018 demonstrates the resilience we have developed as a company to help us navigate what remains a challenging environment.

We have managed to maintain our global leadership, thanks to our wide and modern portfolio of products and services and our international footprint.”

Super Pumas have not been used in the North Sea oil and gas industry since a fatal crash off Norway in 2016.

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