Airbus Helicopters To Set Up Final Assembly Line Of H135 In China

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  • 11:39 AM, October 30, 2015
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Airbus Helicopters To Set Up Final Assembly Line Of H135 In China
Airbus Helicopters’ H135

Airbus Helicopters has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the Sino-German Ecopark for the establishment of a final assembly line (FAL) of Airbus Helicopters’ H135 in China.

This LOI also includes a commitment by the Chinese party for 100 H135s to be assembled in the future FAL in China over the next 10 years.

An ecosystem will be developed with the Chinese partners- it will include the country’s first Airbus Helicopters final assembly line, a sales office for locally-assembled H135s to be distributed domestically, as well as maintenance, repair, overhaul and training capabilities to support the Chinese H135 fleet.

“Airbus Helicopters is leading the Chinese helicopter market with a civil market share of 40% today. This collaboration is a significant development that will help us to further increase our market share, while providing proven and certified solutions to accompany the progressive opening of Chinese skies to helicopter operations.” said Norbert Ducrot, President of Airbus Helicopters China.

The H135 light twin-engine helicopters in China currently perform mainly helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) and police missions.

With the expected increase in civil and parapublic services demand for helicopters as China’s general aviation market continues to expand, the setup of the H135 FAL is a timely development.

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