21-Nov-2011 Source: Eurocopter
Eurocopter successfully expands its footprint in China to the South Western region, with a landmark agreement signed with Xilin Fengteng for the sale of two helicopters â€“ one EC120 B and one EC135 â€“ for use in multiple general aviation missions.
A signing ceremony was held on Sunday 20 November in Guanghan City between Sichuan Xilin Fengteng General Aviation Co., Ltd. and Eurocopter China for the order of two helicopters â€“ one EC120 B light single-engine and one EC135 light twin-engine helicopter â€“ to be delivered by mid-2012. As a newly registered operator, these will be Xilin Fengtengâ€™s first two helicopters, for use in multiple missions including aerial photography, passenger transport, forest fire-fighting, business charter, emergency medical service, pilot training, etc.
Based in Deyang, Sichuan Province, Xilin Fengteng became Eurocopter Chinaâ€™s first customer in South West China. This success is a result of Eurocopter Chinaâ€™s expansion efforts that included the opening of the Chengdu liaison office for the South Western region in early 2011 â€“ one of its seven offices around the country.
â€œWe have great respect for Xilin Fengtengâ€™s long-term strategy to become a key player in general aviation in the South Western region,â€ noted Eurocopter China CEO, Bruno Boulnois. â€œEurocopter is the only foreign manufacturer to have a subsidiary in China, with an office in Chengdu to provide proximity services to emerging customers. Our common vision paved the way for this successful â€˜marriageâ€™ where we will work hand-in-hand with Xilin Fengteng to provide a one-stop solution for our customersâ€™ general aviation needs in Sichuan Province.â€
Eurocopter has an existing cooperation with the Civil Aviation Flight University of China (CAFUC) in Guanghan to develop a series of helicopter training programs. This acquisition contract will further reinforce Eurocopterâ€™s presence in Sichuan Province and the South West of China.
Lin Xiaobo, Chairman of Xilin Fengteng, expressed his delight in partnering Eurocopter, â€œThis union bodes well for the future of general aviation in this region. We have always been keen admirers of Eurocopter and its products; this acquisition marks a great start for us and we look forward to bringing this relationship to a higher level in the near future.â€
Mission flexibility is the driving force behind Xilin Fengtengâ€™s decision to purchase the EC120 B and the EC135. In addition, both aircraft feature highly advanced technologies, making them easy to manoeuvre and extremely safe to operate even in the mountainous and secluded areas around Sichuan; at the same time producing top-notch performance and incurring low operating costs. The EC120 B and EC135 are well-received around the world â€“ to date, about 700 EC120 Bs have been delivered worldwide, completing over 1,000,000 flight hours; while the EC135 family has seen over 1,000