Airbus Helicopters launches X6 heavy-lift rotorcraft

Airbus Helicopters has launched the X6 heavy-lift rotorcraft concept at the Paris Air Show 2015.

The company has started a two-year definition period on the next-generation heavy-lift rotorcraft that will be tailored for the civil market. X6 will initially target oil and gas missions, but will also be tailored for Search and Rescue and VIP roles.

Airbus Helicopters twin engine helicopter will be meet customer requirements and the company will assess customer’s needs during the concept phase.

Guillaume Faury, president & CEO of Airbus Helicopters says: “X6 will be for the heavy segment in the next decade what the H160 is today for the mediums. It will set new standards in the industry not only for design, but for its production strategy as well, as we will rely on the industrial capacities of our core countries, including the upcoming pillar in Poland.”

“X6 will be for the heavy segment in the next decade what the H160 is today for the mediums.”

“Our objective is to bring to the market the most efficient helicopter solutions adapted for how our customers’ needs and the industry itself will evolve in the future,” adds Faury.

Airbus Helicopters expects the X6 to enter service in the 2020s.

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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