The first serial Airbus Helicopters H160 to roll off the brand-new assembly line in Marignane flew just before Christmas.
The helicopter will be delivered to launch customer Babcock in 2020.
The helicopter has been painted in a livery designed to pay tribute to the several hundred people working towards the platform’s certification, which is targeted for the end of 2019 ahead of industrial ramp-up and service entry.
The first serial aircraft will join the three prototypes, which have already accumulated over 1,000 flight hours in the flight test campaign. Specifically, it be used to confirm the modifications introduced through the serial configuration have no impact on the helicopter’s handling qualities.
Source: Airbus Helicopters