Eurocopter Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd (ESAL) was formed in 1994 and has its headquarters at Grand Central Airport (Gauteng). It is a wholly owned subsidiary of its parent company, Eurocopter S.A.S.
Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace and defense-related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approximately 22,000 people. In 2012, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world's No. 1 helicopter manufacturer with a turnover of 6.3 billion Euros, orders for 469 new helicopters and a 44 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group's helicopters account for 33 percent of the worldwide civil and parapublic fleet. Eurocopter's strong international presence is ensured by its subsidiaries and participations in 21 countries. Eurocopter's worldwide network of service centers, training facilities, distributors and certified agents supports more than 2,900 customers. There are currently more than 11,780 Eurocopter helicopters in service in 148 countries. Eurocopter offers the most comprehensive civil and military helicopter range in the world and is fully committed to safety as the most important aspect of its business.
ESAL, which currently has a staff complement of 80 employees mainly based at Grand Central Airport but also at its Cape Town branch, generated a turnover of 383 million in 2012.
In Southern Africa the Eurocopter fleet consists of some 150 turbine helicopters, and in the past few years, the company has successfully introduced the latest Eurocopter products to the South African market. Among these are the smooth and quiet EC120, the AS350 B3 "workhorse", the spacious EC 130 B4, the twin engine EC145, the world's reference in EMS and Police missions.
ESAL is also a supplier to the South African Air Force and the South African Police Services which operates Eurocopter helicopters in significant quantities, and more recently the Botswana, Namibian and Kenyan Police who have all acquired AS350 B3's for their air-based police operations.
Parent Company: Eurocopter S.A.S.