Airbus Helicopters has announced four Japanese orders, a new rotorcraft delivery, and a performance-based logistic deal with the Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF).
The company disclosed the transactions in a series of statements released during last week’s quadrennial Japan Aerospace event in Tokyo.
Japanese real estate firm Mikikanko ordered a single H125 for delivery in 2017, its first ever helicopter order.
Fukuoka city ordered a single AS365N3+ to replace its NS365N2. The aircraft will be used in the firefighting and rescue missions, with the first delivery in the spring of 2018.
General aviation specialist Hiratagakuen, meanwhile, ordered two H145/BK117-2S helicopters, becoming the first customer of the type in Japan. The two new helicopters will serve in the emergency medical services role. The company already operates 12 H135s and a single H125.
Toho Air Services, which operates 27 Airbus Helicopter types, took delivery of its 10th H125. The new helicopter will be used for passenger and cargo transport.
“We are very happy to receive our 10th H125,” says Toho president Masayuki Udagawa. “The proven aircraft has been a core workhorse to our operations, thanks to its high performance, flexibility and efficiency. Airbus Helicopters’ products including H125 have played an important role in our growth for years.”
In addition, the JMSDF entered a performance-based logistics contract related to the maintenance, parts supply, and repair of its 15 TH-135 training helicopters.