The announcement by Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) that is has received a further order for its new ACH160, just days after the H160 achieved certification by the EASA, demonstrates that ACH certainly knows its market.

This new order has been placed by an Italian operator for use on private and corporate flights in the domestic market. So far this means eight countries across North America, Latin America, Europe, China, and South-East Asia have ordered the ACH160.

The ACH160 is the premium version of the new H160 helicopter, which was certified by EASA on 1 July, and will be ready for delivery to private and business customers later this year. With its stylish interior including bespoke options, the ACH160 offers a smooth and quiet ride due to the Helionix advanced digital avionics system which ensures carefree handling for the pilot.

Frederic Lemos, Head of ACH, said: “This new order from a highly knowledgeable ACH customer is yet more evidence of the strong welcome being received by the ACH160 in this demanding sector, even at a notably challenging time for the helicopter market.”

From the interest shown in the H160, Airbus are on to a winner, and this is even before the type expands its applications into the parapublic market. But no matter whether it’s a corporate bespoke interior with leather seats and champagne glass holders, or a more work like cabin with the potential to be equipped with SAR equipment, the H160 is simply a stunning looking helicopter that justifies the age old saying: “If it looks right, it flies right.”

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