Airbus third H160 shows nod to fixed wing brother

H160 in new A350 livery. Photo by Airbus Thierry Rostang.

The latest prototype of the new H160 sports a carbon fiber livery as a nod to the new A350 commercial airliner from Airbus.

The Airbus H160 flies in formation with other Airbus products, including the A350 XWB. Photo by Anthony Pecchi/Airbus Helicopters.
The Airbus H160 flies in formation with other Airbus products, including the A350 XWB. Photo by Anthony Pecchi/Airbus Helicopters.

Airbus Helicopters showed off the third H160 prototype on December 12th at their Marignane, France headquarters in a fresh coat of paint featuring a striking “carbon” livery designed as a nod to the Airbus A350 XWB MSN2 flight-test aircraft. Both aircraft are produced using advanced composite materials supplied by Airbus’ long term partner, Hexcel, a U.S based manufacturer of lightweight composite materials. Hexcel, founded in 1948, is now headquartered in Connecticut and employs more than 6,100 people in twenty-two locations around the world. The company originally designed lightweight parts for the lunar landing module that landed on the moon.

The Airbus H160 was launched at the 2015 Heli-Expo show in Florida. Airbus Photo
The Airbus H160 was launched at the 2015 Heli-Expo show in Florida. Airbus Photo

The Airbus Helicopters H160 started life as the futuristic X4 design, first announced during a press breakfast at Heli-Expo in Anaheim, California. The helicopter was officially unveiled by Airbus Helicopters CEO Guillaume Faury during the 2016 Heli-Expo show held in Orlando, Florida. There are now three H160 helicopters being used by Airbus Helicopters to conduct flight testing and certification activities for the latest in Airbus Helicopters medium utility range of helicopters.

The new medium utility helicopter is touted to be 15% more fuel efficient than others in it's class. Airbus graphic.
The new medium utility helicopter is touted to be 15% more fuel efficient than others in it’s class. Airbus graphic.

The H160 is expected to seat twelve passengers and two pilots, be fitted with the latest Helionix platform and have a unique panoramic front windshield, much larger than previous helicopters, providing the largest field of vision.

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