+ Brasov plant to build the newest H215 helicopter * Production capacity – 15 helicopters per year * First H215 to be delivered in 2017
On Tuesday, November 17, Guillaume Faury (photo), CEO Airbus Helicopters, unveiled the foundation stone of the new Romanian plant that will assemble the newest type of helicopter (H215) that will join the H family of aircraft.
H215 is an advanced version of the former AS332 C1e/L1e and offers a new business and industrial concept for this safe, proven and affordable helicopter built in Romania. Under the control of Airbus Helicopters Industries, the 10,000 square metre plant based in Brasov will handle the production of H215 from procurement to after-sales, including design activities, and will provide jobs for more than 300 employees in the long term. The modern takt flow assembly line will have a production capacity of up to 15 helicopters per year. The first H215 will be delivered in 2017.
“The H215 model has strategic importance for Airbus Helicopters and allows us to offer customers the best helicopter for their needs, at extremely competitive direct operating and maintenance costs,” Guillaume Faury stated. “Through this extended partnership with Romania, an important EU and NATO member, we will make sure that the legendary twin-engine heavy helicopters are more economical than ever on current and emerging markets,” he added.
All H215 helicopters will roll out the final assembly line in a highly capable standard configuration, being able to support an extended list of optional elements (“shopping list”) ready to be selected. This new concept will allow the helicopter to meet customers’ expectations and serve a wide range of missions, offering a modern and efficient solution for needs such as utility activities, UN peacekeeping operations and logistical support missions.
“This new industrial centre, 100 per cent Airbus Helicopters, capitalizes on the successful history we have in the maintenance of heavy aircraft in Romania and of the more than 40 years of cooperation with this country,” Serge Durand, Managing Director Airbus Helicopter Industries, stated. “Our goal is to offer customers a completely new and modern business concept, by proposing a new definition of standardized equipment for faster production time and better purchasing costs,” he added.
H215 is a twin-engine helicopter that is economical, strong and versatile and that combines advanced avionics with a viable airframe for difficult multi-mission capabilities. This offers capabilities for long range, power, speed, a large payload capacity and very good lifting performance in warm environments and high altitudes. The helicopter is EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) and FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) certified and is equipped with the most modern technology that meets the newest safety requirements on the market. This includes a glass cockpit and the renowned 4-axes autopilot used by H225, which offers protection in flight, unequalled precision and stability in even the most difficult conditions.
Airbus Helicopters is an Airbus Group division. With over 3 million flight hours per year, the company has a fleet of 12,000 helicopters operated by over 3,000 clients in 152 countries. Airbus Helicopters has over 23,000 employees at global level, and generated revenues of EUR 6.5 bln in 2014. In line with the new identity of the company, fully integrated into Airbus Group, Airbus Helicopters has renamed its range of products by replacing the former “EC” with “H.”