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Airbus Helicopters Secures Order for 50 H160s from China

Airbus Helicopters Secures Order for 50 H160s from China

Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with GDAT, the Shanghai-based helicopter lessor and operator, for 50 H160 helicopters. The announcement of the contract, which is the largest single order contract for the H160 since the helicopter was unveiled in 2015, came during French President, Emmanuel Macron’s, state visit to China.

GDAT, one of China’s largest helicopter lessors, will use the aircraft primarily for offshore transportation to oil and gas platforms and wind farms, as well as for emergency medical services and other municipal public service missions.

Both companies also signed a strategic cooperation agreement, which included support and service capabilities, to ensure the long-term success of the H160 in China.

Earlier in April, Airbus agreed to build a second assembly line in China to double its capacity in the country and strengthen its access to the second-largest aviation market in the world.

“We are honored GDAT has decided to bolster their all-Airbus fleet of 26 helicopters with the addition of 50 H160 helicopters. The H160 has been designed at the outset as a multi-mission helicopter and is, therefore, well suited to the multiple segments that lessors provide for,” said Bruno Even, CEO, Airbus Helicopters.

GDAT has four subsidiaries across China as well as operating bases in Suzhou and Ningbo in Eastern China, as well as an overseas branch in London. Its current fleet consists of 26 aircraft, of which 21 are H225 Super Puma helicopters.

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