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Demo Flight for Selected Media Members at Geneva

Issue 19 - 2023
Demo Flight for Selected Media Members at Geneva

A select group of media members, including Ayse Akalin, Editor in Chief of Aviation Turkey, had the opportunity to experience a demonstration flight of the Airbus Exclusive Helicopter ACH160. This special event took place at the Archamps airfield near Geneva during EBACE.

The ACH160 Exclusive offers a timeless and sophisticated configuration that provides the highest level of interior customisation and bespoke craftsmanship for the most discerning customers. Other features include hinged doors, an electric footstep and double glazed windows.

The ACH160 is the premium version of the new H160 helicopter which is certified by EASA and being delivered to private and business customers. 

It provides 20% greater volume per passenger compared to previous generation medium twin helicopters and 35% larger windows than its competitors, resulting in the brightest cabin in its class.

The full ACH helicopter range consists of the ACH125, ACH130, ACH135, ACH145, ACH160 and ACH175 variants of Airbus Helicopters’ comprehensive and market-leading family of light and medium models. A range of premium-design aircraft completions, including bespoke designs, is available for all models.

Airbus Helicopters has has signed the first order for four ACH160s with a North American customer at 2018 and delivered the world's first ACH160 to a customer in Brazil at 2022. Airbus Corporate Helicopters has delivered the first example of the ACH160 Exclusive helicopter on March 2023 The helicopter is not only the first ACH160 in Exclusive configuration to be delivered globally but also the first ACH160 of any version to be delivered in Europe. It was accepted by a private customer based in France and entered service immediately.

The company has achieved sales of over 30 ACH160 helicopters, with 10 sold to THC in Saudi Arabia, 3 to Air Corporate in Italy, and the rest to private customers and businesses across the United States, United Kingdom, Brazil, France, India, and several other countries.

Lately Air Corporate of Italy orders 43 Airbus helicopters at EBACE 2023

Italian business aviation operator Air Corporate has placed a firm order for 43 helicopters from Airbus on the concluding day of EBACE 2023.

The helicopters include 40 single-engine helicopters (H125/H130) plus three ACH160s from Airbus Corporate Helicopters in Line configuration with the Lounge package to add to two ACH160s already on order.

The contract is the largest commercial helicopter order booked by Airbus in Italy and will see the helicopters delivered over the coming years for a range of private and business passenger services as well as utility operations.

The latest announcement expands on 28 additional orders from Verona-based Air Corporate in recent years as part of an ongoing fleet expansion. In the past two years alone, Air Corporate has taken delivery of 17 Airbus helicopters, including the first of two twin-engine H135s.

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