Eurocopter highlights Product Efficiency and growing Scope of Services at Heli-Expo 2009

First Presentation of EC175 Corporate Interior Concept

(PresseBox) (Anaheim, ) Eurocopter, the world's leading helicopter manufacturer in the civil and public services markets, emphasizes the broad spectrum of versatility of its helicopters and service offers which become increasingly important in a difficult economic climate. On its booth #2754 in Hall C, the company displays, for the first time in public, its EC175 concept for a corporate interior. A SAR-configured EC145, an EMS-equipped EC135 and an AS350 B2 in its police variant are also on show. A further highlight at Heli-Expo 2009 is Eurocopter's new EC135 Avionics Trainer, exemplifying the company's significant expansion into full-flight mission simulator, flight training device and training aid offers to enhance flight safety and to offer its customers a broad scope of services.

EC175

Eurocopter has re-configured its EC175 full-scale mock-up - first unveiled at Heli-Expo 2008 - as a concept demonstrator for corporate missions, inviting customers and media to experience its interior layout and aiming at listening to future market needs. With 111 EC175s ordered at last year's Heli-Expo by Oil and Gas operators, the company strives to obtain customer proposals and requirements for other missions, notably for corporate and executive transport missions, while keeping the aircraft easy to retrofit and fully reversible for a variety of missions and economical solutions.

The EC175 is a multi-role helicopter that can fulfill a large scope of missions including Oil & Gas transport, Search and Rescue (SAR), Public Services (Homeland Security & Law Enforcement, EMS, Air Ambulance), as well as top-of-the-line business and commercial aviation. It is the roomiest, safest, easiest to fly, cheapest to maintain, most comfortable, most cost-effective workhorse in its class. And, it is designed to be eco-friendly from the outset.

Light Helicopter Family

Eurocopter's large family of light single-engine and twin-engine helicopters remains the preferred choice of customers worldwide due its extraordinary mission flexibility. The AS350, EC135 and EC145 each offer top performance in their respective classes while up to 50 optional equipment kits for each of these aircraft make them simple to retrofit and suitable for a multitude of mission requirements.

Support, Services and Training A large portion of Eurocopter's booth is devoted to new customer support, services and training offers. In line with its goal to become a full mission solutions provider rather than being just a helicopter manufacturers, Eurocopter has invested heavily in full-flight simulators, flight training devices and training aids, successively installing these in all its key markets around the world in response to customer requirements. Combined with a multitude of technical courses offered at the company's Training Academies, the simulator capabilities serve to significantly enhance flight safety, this being a key priority for Eurocopter. With new logistics hubs in Europe, the United States and Hong Kong, the company has also ramped up its service capabilities to provide round-the-clock support to its customers around the globe.

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Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a Division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace, defence and related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approx. 15,600 people. In 2008, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world's No. 1 helicopter manufacturer in the civil and parapublic market, with a turnover of 4.5 billion Euros, orders for 715 new helicopters, and a 53 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group's products account for 30 percent of the total world helicopter fleet. Its strong worldwide presence is ensured by its 18 subsidiaries on five continents, along with a dense network of distributors, certified agents and maintenance centres. More than 10,000 Eurocopter helicopters are currently in service with over 2,800 customers in more than 140 countries. Eurocopter offers the largest civil and military helicopter range in the world.

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