For more than 50 years, Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter) has been at the forefront of rotorcraft innovation.
MBB Helicopter Canada Limited (Airbus Helicopter Canada Limited’s original name) was founded in Fort Erie, Ontario in 1984.
It was the fruit of a successful negotiation between Airbus Helicopters Canada’s predecessor – MBB Helicopters, Fleet Aerospace and the Canadian and Ontario governments, who wanted to create a domestic helicopter industry.
Starting with a five-year government contract that included domestic sales of the Bo105 and BK117 and “world product mandate” to assemble and modify the light twin-engine Bo105 LS helicopter, MBB Helicopter Canada Limited soon made a name for itself in the Canadian aerospace market.
Re-named Eurocopter Canada Limited in 1992, Airbus Helicopters Canada’s helicopter portfolio expanded as a result of the merger of the rotorcraft divisions of Aerospatiale (France) and Deutsche Aerospace (Germany) to create the Eurocopter Group.
In addition to gaining the sales and support responsibility for the Aerospatiale product line, Airbus Helicopters Canada conducted extensive engineering research and development work on the Bo105 and EC135 helicopters with the support of the Canadian government from 1993 to 1996.
In 2014, the EADS group was rebranded as “Airbus”. Uniting all its activities under a single and strong brand, Eurocopter became Airbus Helicopters.
Airbus Helicopters Canada is a Canadian success story, with nearly 700 helicopters in service with 200 operators across the country.