Airbus Helicopters completes new hangar in Japan Tokyo, 09 January 2020– Airbus Helicopters is getting ready for the inauguration of a new additional hangar in the Kobe Airport Facility in Japan, adding a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) complex adjacent to its existing facility. A traditional Shinto purification ceremony was held today at the new facility in the presence of representatives from the Airport Facilities Co., Ltd., the Kansai Airports, and Kobe city.
Speaking at the completion ceremony, Airbus Helicopters Japan’s Managing Director, Guillaume Leprince, said: “We are honoured to witness the completion of the new hangar at the beginning of a brand new year. With expanded capacity, we will be able to service up to 40 medium-sized helicopters at one time. As the Centre of Excellence for H135 training and the engineering hub for the region, we are committed to supporting our customers in the country for safe operations.”
The existing facility is capable of accommodating up to 25 medium-sized helicopters simultaneously. With this expansion, Airbus Helicopters Japan now has the largest footprint in the aviation business sector of the Kobe Airport Facility, occupying a total space of 19,677 sqm. Its overall capacity has increased by 60%.
Airbus Helicopters will also be celebrating 60 years of long-standing partnership with Japan this year. Since its predecessor Sud Aviation enters into an exclusive distributorship agreement with Nozaki Sango in Japan in 1960, followed by the company’s first helicopter delivery – an Alouette II – in 1961, more than 370 Airbus’ helicopters are flying in the country today, for a variety of missions across business segments.
The business is well supported by a very committed workforce of 330 based in Tokyo and Kobe. Airbus Helicopters is currently leading the Japanese civil and parapublic market with a 53% market share.
Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2018, it generated revenues of €64 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.