Airbus Helicopters and Beijing have struck a preliminary deal on the planned H135 final assembly line that is meant to produce 100 H135 helicopters over the next ten years.
The European manufacturer feels that China will be the world’s largest market for helicopters and hopes that with the envisaged opening of its own production line in the near future it will make it even more easy to sell European designed helicopters in the vast Asian country.
During the signing of the letter of intent the Airbus and its Chinese partners committed to opening up a sales office, as well as a maintenance, repair, overhaul and training capacity with the production plant in China.
The H135 is a light twin-engine helicopter that already flies in China performing mainly emergency medical services (HEMS) and police missions. Airbus thinks the Chinese civil and “parapublic” market for rotary aircraft will grow quickly.
Airbus Helicopters has delivered nearly 1,200 helicopters of the H135-family (as Eurocopter EC135; the former type name) to customers around the globe, which have logged more than 3 million flight hours. One-quarter of this total fleet is deployed for HEMS duties.
Source: Airbus Helicopters
Featured image: The future in China will be like this Airbus Helicopters H135 final assembly line in Donauwörth (Image © Charles Abarr / Airbus Helicopters)