Civil Helicopter Competition Stiffens
Marignane, France—Aerospatiale of France will begin deliveries of its new 5-6-place AS-350 helicopter in 1978 in direct competition with the Bell JetRanger in an expanding civil helicopter market (AW&ST Apr. 12, p. 20). At the same time, officials of Aerospatiale’s Helicopter Div. believe, the aircraft will find a strong market as a replacement for the more than 1,300 Alouette 2 four-place helicopters sold by the company.
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