Order Book Stands At $701 Million For 2009
Eurocopter announced Wednesday at
the Singapore Air Show that in 2009, it recorded a turnover growth
of 58 per cent in Asia to reach $1.2 billion. The business also
maintained a stable booking value over the last few years in Asia
to achieve $701 million in 2009. The most popular helicopters of
Eurocopter’s range are on display at the Singapore Airshow
– the EC120, EC130, EC135, AS 350 B3, NH90 TTH and the
Eurocopter in 2009 recorded a turnover of $6.4 billion globally,
of which $1.2 billion was accounted by Asia. This marks a turnover
growth of 58 per cent for Eurocopter in the region.
Dr Lutz Bertling, CEO of Eurocopter said, “Despite the
global economic challenges, there have been many opportunities and
achievements in Asia and it plays a critical component in
Eurocopter’s success. This region is home to half of
Eurocopter’s subsidiaries and is a top performing region for
us. We are confident of Asia’s growth prospects and look to
grow our business in tandem with the region’s
Over the last few years, Eurocopter has maintained a stable
booking value in Asia, and continuing in its growth path in 2009,
the booking value stood at $701 million. In 2009, however, there
was a decline in light range helicopters, but a greater demand for
larger helicopters– a trend reflected in Asia, as it is for
the rest of the world.
Eurocopter has developed over 40 years of presence in Asia an
integrated trans-national industrial networks across the region. It
has, for example, been in partnership with the Korea Aerospace
Industry (KAI) in the Korean Helicopter Program. Eurocopter has
also partnered the Aviation Industry of China (AVIC) in the
development of the EC175/Z15. Both programs are on cost, on
performance and on schedule.
Eurocopter noted a number of milestones in Asia in 2009,
•The inauguration of Eurocopter’s first Customer Service
Center in Hong Kong (February).
•The purchase in Japan of a majority share in EuroHeli (80%)
and in All Nippon Airways Helicopter Maintenance ( 60%)
respectively in April and June.
•The roll out of the first prototype of the Korean Utility
•The maiden flight of the EC175 (December), four years after
start of development.
•The opening of a subsidiary branch in Thailand
•The signature of a Memorandum of Understanding for the
development of a new MRO in Malaysia (December).
“We have made significant steps in growing our presence in
Asia," said Bertling. "We will continue with that along with a
specific target to be closer to our customers in this
The company said its goals for 2010 include:
•The inauguration of an MRO in Malaysia and an EC725/EC225
•The start of EC725/EC225 tail boom manufacturing by PTDI of
•The transfer of Eurocopter Southeast Asia headquarters to a
larger facility in Seletar Talent development.
Eurocopter says it is committed to developing talent for the
next wave of experts. Agreements have already been signed with
higher education institutions in China, Malaysia and Singapore.
This investment in talent development will ensure that Eurocopter
remains well positioned for steady growth well into the future.