Italian order ‘highlights continuing success of ACH160’


A new order, just days after European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification, highlights the continued success of the ACH160, said Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH). 

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.” 

The new order, placed by an Italian operator for use on private and corporate flights mainly inside Italy, means the ACH160 has been ordered by customers in eight countries across North America, Latin America, Europe, China and South-East Asia, according to ACH. The client, an existing ACH twin-engined helicopter operator, has specified a customised interior configured for six passengers. 

The ACH160 is the premium version of the new H160 helicopter, which was certified by EASA on July 1st ready for deliveries to private and business customers commencing later this year. It is the latest member of the ACH family and, according to Airbus, the most technologically advanced helicopter in its class. 

As well as its range of interiors, including bespoke solutions, the ACH160 includes a Helionix advanced digital avionics system that helps to ensure the highest level of safety, Airbus said. 

The full ACH helicopter range consists of the ACH125, 130, 135, 145, 160 and 175 variants of ACHs family of light and medium models. 

Meanwhile, in late June, ACH had its all-new five bladed H145 helicopter certified by the EASA, with first deliveries planned for late summer. It is hoped FAA approval will be granted by year end.