In a briefing to the press this morning, Airbus Helicopters CEO Bruno Even revealed that the company had delivered a total of 344 helicopters across its portfolio during 2022, 6 more than 2021. Even said that this figure was inline with the company’s expectations given issues with supply chains disrupted during the pandemic and the immediate recovery period.
Orders for the same period totalled 374 a net backlog increase of 40 for the year. Even pointed to exceptionally strong sales in the light helicopters H125/130 which posted orders for 161 and 55 aircraft respectively as well as for the medium twins 135/145 which carded 45/83 orders. Even noted that the sales in medium twins was principally driven by demand from the HEMS sector. For the super medium sector the company logged orders for 12 H160s and 8 H175s. There is an anticipation that there will be significant growth in this sector during 2023 thanks to the expected FAA certification of the H160 as well as increased activity in the Oil & Gas market driving H175 orders. Rumours of the demise of the Super Puma family seem to be premature as well, with new orders for a further 14 of the type.
Cumulatively the company took a 55% market share of 2022 orders and a 52% share of deliveries for the year.