Airbus Helicopters, Inc. (formerly American Eurocopter) is the US-based arm of European helicopter giant Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter), itself a subsidiary of aerospace conglomerate Airbus Group (formerly EADS). Airbus Helicopters’ primary offerings include helicopter repair and overhaul services, spares and parts support, technical publications, and maintenance training services. It also provides manufacturing, completion, and final assembly for A-Star AS350 helicopters and provides customization services for its EC120, EC135, EC145, and EC155 helicopter models, among others.
Change in Company Type
Previously called American Eurocopter, the company began operating as Airbus Helicopters, Inc. in early 2014 as part of the reorganization and rebranding of Airbus Helicopters and Airbus Group (formerly Eurocopter and EADS, respectively). Under the new structure, Airbus Helicopters, Inc. benefits from and enriches the Airbus brand as it develops, makes, markets, and supports a diversified rotorcraft product line.
Airbus Helicopters, Inc. keeps more than 1,800 helicopters flying across the US and caters to 600 customers. The company's 40-acre plant in Columbus, Mississippi, extends its operations from primarily training, maintenance, and repair services to also encompass assembly, completion, customization, and manufacturing services. The company also operates regional support centers in California and Florida.
The company manufactures, markets, sells, and supports the range of civil and para public helicopters in the US. At Columbus, Mississippi’s Golden Triangle Regional Airport, Airbus Helicopters, Inc.'s facility assembles UH-72A Lakotas for the Army, which operates the multi-role UH-72A Lakota (a variant of the Airbus Helicopters EC145) from bases across the U.S.
Sales and Marketing
Airbus Helicopters, Inc. targets several markets, specifically air medical, law enforcement/government, tourism, and VIP (corporate customers wanting a more luxurious ride). It is also a major supplier in the offshore (oil and gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska) and utility (loading and lifting) markets.
The company’s aircraft are flown by more than 440 operators in the US – including corporate and business customers, hospitals and emergency medical services, tourism operators, law enforcement agencies, the Army, Coast Guard, Customers and Border Protection, and the FBI.
Growing its business Airbus Helicopters, Inc. plans additional facilities around the US, including in the Northeast and Gulf of Mexico region.
In 2014 the plant in Columbus (which has manufactured the Lakota used primarily by the military) announced plans to produce the AS350 AStar, the most popular helicopter in the US, at the facility.
To expand its product portfolio, in 2013 Airbus Helicopters, Inc. introduced the EC175 rotorcraft.