• New helicopter will be used for firefighting and disaster relief missions.
• Delivery planned for Spring 2018.
Tokyo, 22 December 2016 – Airbus Helicopters Japan has signed a contract for one AS365 N3+ with the Kumamoto Prefecture in Japan. The twin-engine Dauphin family aircraft will replace the current AS365 N3, providing enhanced capabilities to the Kumamoto Prefecture. The delivery is scheduled in spring 2018.
“We are very pleased that the Kumamoto Prefecture has selected the AS365 N3+, which is known for not only its higher performance and utilisation, but also its lower lifecycle cost”, said Olivier Tillier, Managing Director of Airbus Helicopters Japan. “The highly efficient AS365 N3+ will play a key role in the firefighting, disaster relief and medical rescue missions for the Kumamoto Prefecture. We have continuous trust of the Kumamoto Air Rescue Team thanks to high aircraft availability and our local support.”
The Kumamoto Prefecture has been operating Airbus Helicopters aircraft since 2001. Collectively, there are 55 Dauphin helicopters currently operated in Japan, supporting law enforcement, firefighting, disaster relief and news gathering missions.
The medium-sized twin-engine Dauphin incorporates advanced technologies for high flight speeds, low noise and vibration. Equipped with Airbus Helicopters’ signature Fenestron shrouded tail rotor, the rotorcraft’s spacious cabin accommodates up to 12 passengers and two pilots. The AS365 N3+ comes with an auto hover function, and is equipped with a sand filter and the Heli-Sat System capable of the high-speed real-time transmission from a helicopter through a satellite. The Dauphin helicopter is highly efficient for missions including firefighting, search and rescue, and emergency medical services.
About Airbus Helicopters in Japan
Airbus Helicopters Japan was established in 2009 as the Japanese customer centre of Airbus Helicopters, a division of Airbus Group. It is the first foreign affiliated aircraft manufacturer to carry out direct sales, training, and customer support activities in the Japanese aeronautical sector. There are approximately 280 employees located at four locations, including Tokyo and Kobe. With more than 50 years of in-country presence, Airbus Helicopters Japan affirms its leadership position with a 55 percent market share overall in Japan (civil and parapublic sectors). Airbus Helicopters Japan makes Japan’s sky safer, more reliable and cost-efficient by providing high quality products and services.
About Airbus Helicopters (www.airbushelicopters.com)
Airbus Helicopters, a division of Airbus Group, provides the most efficient civil and military helicopter solutions worldwide. Its in-service fleet includes nearly 12,000 helicopters operated by more than 3,000 customers in 154 countries. Airbus Helicopters employs more than 22,000 people worldwide and in 2015 generated revenues of 6.8 billion euros.