Airbus Targets 20% Growth in Thai Helicopter Market
BANGKOK (NNT) - Airbus has set its sights on expanding its helicopter division in Thailand, expecting to tap into a growth potential of 20%. The anticipated increase in demand is largely due to the need for helicopters in disaster relief, search and rescue operations, and maritime security across Southeast Asia.
With 71 helicopters already in operation in Thailand, Airbus holds a 30% share of the civil and para-public helicopter market in the region. The European aerospace giant is planning to capture at least half of the projected growth in Thailand’s military and public service sectors over the next decade.
The company has outlined a strategy that includes the establishment of an Airbus Flight Operations Services Center and a customer center in Bangkok. These facilities aim not only to provide maintenance and technical assistance to Thailand but also to support customers in Laos and Cambodia.
In collaboration with Thai Aviation Industries (TAI), Airbus is looking to deepen its roots in the country. TAI, acting as Airbus’ prime contractor, plays a pivotal role in servicing the governmental helicopter fleets.
As part of its commitment to sustainability, Airbus is focused on reducing carbon emissions with a goal to achieve net zero by 2050. This includes updating aircraft with newer engines, promoting Sustainable Aviation Fuel, and investing in hydrogen aircraft development.
Airbus, confirming Thailand as a strategic partner, is keen on reinforcing its presence and partnerships in the region. The company is set to showcase its latest helicopter technologies at the upcoming Defence & Security exhibition in Bangkok.
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