During French President Macron’s visit to China, Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with GDAT, one of China's largest helicopter lessors and operators, for 50 H160 helicopters, the largest order for the H160 in the civil and parapublic market since the helicopter was unveiled in 2015.
50 H160s for China...
During French President Macron’s visit to China,, Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with GDAT, one of China's largest helicopter lessors and operators, for 50 H160 helicopters. The contract is the largest order for the H160 in the civil and parapublic market since the helicopter was unveiled in 2015. The aircraft will be used in the energy sector, among others, including offshore transportation for oil and gas platforms, wind farms and port pilotage, as well as emergency medical services and other municipal utility missions. The two companies also signed a strategic cooperation agreement covering topics such as support and service capabilities, among others, to ensure the long-term success of the H160 in China.
GDAT is China's leading provider of innovative general aviation services, specializing in helicopter sales and leasing, maintenance and modifications, as well as emergency rescue flights and other government services. The group is headquartered in Shanghai and has four wholly owned subsidiaries throughout China, as well as operating bases in Suzhou and Ningbo, and an overseas branch in London.
Designed as a multi-role helicopter capable of a wide range of missions, the H160 incorporates the latest technological innovations from Airbus. The helicopter offers passengers superior comfort with noise-reducing Blue Edge blades and superb external visibility that benefits both passengers and pilots. With its light maintenance plan aligned between the engine and the aircraft, the H160 optimizes operating costs and offers a new standard of availability. The H160 is already certified to fly on up to 50 percent sustainable jet fuel and is equipped with dtwo of the latest Arrano engines from Safran Helicopter Engines that offer a 15 percent reduction in fuel consumption. Airbus Helicopters has been a key partner in the helicopter industry in China for more than 50 years. Today, more than 300 Airbus helicopters are flying in China, serving more than 90 customers.
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