MBB Helicopter Canada Limited (Eurocopter Canada Limited’s original name) was founded in Fort Erie, Ontario in 1984.
It was the fruit of a successful negotiation between Eurocopter’s predecessor company MBB/Fleet and the Canadian government, which wanted to create a domestic helicopter industry.
Starting with a five-year government contract to modify and advance the BO-105 LS twin-engine helicopter platform, MBB Helicopter Canada Limited soon made a name for itself in the Canadian aerospace market.
Re-named Eurocopter Canada Limited in 1992, ECL conducted extensive R&D work on the EC135 platform on behalf of the Canadian government from 1993 to 1996.
By 2005, this dynamic Eurocopter subsidiary had branched into both the private and public sectors to become a Canadian success story, with over 550 aircraft and 160 customers supported.
Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm, a German aerospace company that designed the legendary BO105 light twin engine helicopter was invited by Canadian Government to set up facility at
Fort Erie, Ontario.
First flown in 1967, 16 BO105s were purchased by the Canadian government starting in 1984, as part of the deal that attracted MBB to Fort Erie. Eventually, MBB Canada became design & production hub for BO105 LS.
Re-established as Eurocopter Canada following the merger of MBB and Aerospatiale.
Expansion of Fort Erie, Ontario & Richmond, British
25th anniversary year in Canada. Over 50% market share in new aircraft deliveries since last 10 years. Turnover of
over C$ 90 million.
Delivery of the 600th Eurocopter Helicopter into the
- Over 600 aircraft and 170 customers supported.
- Employ 200 people in hightech skills based jobs.