American Eurocopter leads in EMS helicopter sales

Eurocopter EC145American Eurocopter has claimed that it led the industry in 2012 in terms of sales of new turbine commercial/civil helicopters to US customers for the 12th straight year. The company also is the leader in sales to US helicopter emergency medical services operators.

In the last 10 years, 75 percent of all new EMS helicopters put into service in the US have been Eurocopter aircraft.

American Eurocopter delivered 38 new EMS aircraft in 2012, and there are now more than 630 Eurocopter EMS aircraft in operation in the US, accounting for 58 percent of the entire fleet.

“We are proud of our success and our strength in this market segment, but we never forget how we got here,” said Anthony DiNota, vice president – Commercial Sales, Marketing & Customer Support. “We’ve listened to our customers and have developed and built the aircraft they need to conduct the important mission of air medical transport.”

In 2012, American Eurocopter received 55 orders for new helicopters from EMS operators and major healthcare institutions. Operators placing multiple aircraft orders included Air Methods, Med-Trans, Metro Aviation and CalStar. Several major healthcare institutions ordered new helicopters including Geisinger Health System, Miami Valley (Ohio) Hospital, and Memphis Medical Center.

“Our EMS customers appreciate the safety and mission-fit features that are designed into Eurocopter aircraft,” said DiNota. “Eurocopter continuously strives to design and produce helicopters that enhance crew safety, reduce pilot workload and insure excellence in patient access and care.”

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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