Airbus is the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer. The company’s in service fleet includes approximately 12,000 helicopters operated by more than 3,010 customers in 152 countries. Airbus’ range of civil and military helicopters is the world’s largest; accounting for one third of the worldwide civil and parapublic fleet. The company’s main priority is to ensure the safe operation of its aircraft for the thousands of people who fly more than 3.2 million hours per year.
Airbus has been a proud member of Canada’s aerospace industry since 1984. Headquartered in Fort Erie, Ontario with a team of approximately 250 employees, Airbus Helicopters Canada also has sales support in Montreal, Quebec and a 24/7 customer service network in place coast to coast to support the fleet of more than 220 operators and 760 helicopters flying throughout Canada.
Airbus Helicopters’ activities in Canada are focused in five primary areas: Aircraft Sales & Deliveries, Composite Manufacturing, Repair & Overhaul, Supplement Type Certificates / Options Development, and Support & Services.
Airbus Helicopters Canada is a centre of excellence for engineering and composite manufacturing, and is the sole-source supplier of composite parts for eight different helicopter models in the Airbus range.
The Repair & Overhaul department provides overhaul services and dynamic component repair to Airbus helicopter operators worldwide for the light single-engine product ranges. Today, more than 50% of the workforce in Fort Erie is working on products for export.
Airbus is the leading supplier of helicopters used throughout Canada in roles such as law enforcement, EMS, oil and gas, utility: mining, firefighting, powerline, search and rescue, forestry, environmental surveys; and transport: tour, corporate, and private. In 2019, Airbus captured 66 percent of the Canadian commercial helicopter market.
Airbus helicopters are dominant in the utility and parapublic market. Airbus is the market leading helicopter provider for law enforcement agencies in Canada. Today, 85 percent of the helicopters used for airborne law enforcement in Canada are Airbus helicopters.
Key operators include the prestigious Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ontario Provincial Police, Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, and STARS (air ambulance service in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba).