Airbus Helicopters expands co-op in China

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OEMs & BROKERAGE / ASIA | 15/09/2017

Airbus Helicopters is further strengthening its partnership with Tianjin, China-based CMIG Leasing.

A recent agreement signed during the China Helicopter Exposition 2017 will see the two parties further deepen their cooperation, initiated at the 2015 edition of the Expo.

Their exisiting agreement included cooperating in civil helicopter operations including navigational operation and low-altitude air tourism, and has now been expanding to the public services segment, including police aviation, emergency medical services (EMS), and forest firefighting. The agreement was signed by CMIG Leasing President Tang Min and Airbus Helicopters China General Manager Marie-Agnes Veve.

Also read: China’s 100th helicopter goes to CMIG Leasing

Furthermore, after signing the agreement, CMIG Leasing also signed a letter of intent (LOI) for up to two pre-owned H225 helicopters. Terms and conditions of the existing framework agreement cover a total of 100 Ecureuil helicopters. According to a company statement, to date 20 Ecureuil helicopters of that total amount have been delivered. Additionally, CMIG also signed a LOI at last year’s China Airshow for Airbus Helicopters’ latest H160 twin-engine, making them the launch customer in China.

“Airbus Helicopters has been present in China for 50 years, as the first Alouette III helicopter entered into the country in 1967,” commented Veve at the signing ceremony? “We are committed to the continued development of China’s helicopters industry and by working with such great partners, we can all achieve more success together.”

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