The first serial Airbus H160 helicopter to roll off the brand new assembly line in Marignane performed its first flight on the Dec. 14, the company announced.
The helicopter also conducted a flight demonstration on the Dec. 17 in front of the H160 team in an end-of-the-year celebration of the programme’s achievements in 2018. The helicopter will be delivered to launch customer Babcock in 2020.
The aircraft’s unique livery is a testimony to the several hundred people working towards the platform’s certification at the end of next year, the programme’s industrial maturity, and its seamless entry into service as they have all signed the helicopter.
The first serial aircraft will join the three prototypes, which have already accumulated over a 1000 flight hours, in the final steps of the flight test campaign, namely confirming that the modifications that have been introduced through the serial configuration have no impact on the helicopter’s excellent handling qualities.