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Airbus Helicopters, Inc. is the nation’s leading supplier of tour helicopters, with a 94-percent share of the turbine tour helicopter market over the last decade.

The company’s focus on safety, noise reduction and reliability has led to its products becoming some of the most trusted helicopters in service today, safely flying hundreds of thousands of passengers each season. Offering forward-facing seating with excellent external visibility and a smooth ride, Airbus Helicopters, Inc. helicopters have become the gold standard in the tourism industry for maximizing passenger comfort.

The cost-effective single-engine EC120 is an ideal platform for many tour operators, combining exceptional external visibility with a cabin capable of comfortably accommodating four passengers.  Its low fuel burn and long endurance maximizes operator profitability, while the aircraft’s low internal noise level and smooth ride maximize passenger comfort.  The EC120’s exceptionally large baggage compartment also makes the type an excellent helicopter for safari-type overnight tours.

The AS350 B2 and B3 AStar have long been popular with tour operators, due to their large cabins, excellent performance and reliability.  The AS350 is a common sight in Hawaii, as the aircraft’s five-seat cabin and low operating costs make it a popular choice for island-hopping.  The AS350 also offers a wide range of options, including floats, wire strike protection system (WSPS) and chin baggage pods.  The AStar and its twin-engine variant, the AS355 TwinStar, are extensively used as well by heli-skiing operators.

The Fenestron®-equipped EC130 is the unchallenged helicopter of choice for tour operations, representing over 70 percent of all turbine tour helicopter deliveries since its introduction in 2001. This single-engine helicopter combines a wide cabin capable of comfortably accommodating seven passengers with unmatched external visibility.

With its new active vibration control system, the EC130 T2 also maximizes passenger comfort by offering one of the smoothest rides in the industry today. The EC130 T2’s Fenestron® anti-torque device also makes it one of the few helicopters in the world to meet the Grand Canyon National Park Standard for external noise, with its noise level 8.5 dB below ICAO limits. Equipped with Airbus Helicopters' Vehicle and Engine Multifunction Display (VEMD) with First Limit Indicator (FLI), the EC130 T2 also can be equipped with floats and optional equipment to meet transportation requirements.

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