AgustaWestland and Sino-US Intercontinental of China announced today that MIT Group of China will operate a total of six AW119Kx single engine helicopters to perform emergency medical service missions. Deliveries will start in summer 2015 and are expected to be completed by early 2016. Operational readiness will be achieved in March 2016. MIT Group also plans to further expand the fleet with an additional helicopter in the coming months.
MIT Group’s HEMS 999 Project is the very first endeavor in China to build up highway helicopter rescue services, starting in Shandong Province, one of the most economically vibrant coastal regions in China. The project consists of a network of six operational bases to cover the entire Shandong Province with a main operating and maintenance base located in the central region of the province. Further additions to the AW119Kx fleet are forecast to expand the HEMS service to nearby regions in China. The ultimate goal is to expand this commercial HEMS service to cover the entire People’s Republic.
This announcement follows the recent delivery of the first AW119Kx to China. The privately owned single-engine cabin class aircraft is being used for passenger transport. With six seats in the cabin and a large baggage compartment the AW119Kx is the most capable helicopter in its class.
This latest announcement and recent delivery further expands the presence of AgustaWestland commercial helicopters in China, following the distributorship agreement announced with Sino-US in 2013, the opening of a regional business headquarters in Shanghai in early 2014 and the Kingwing AgustaWestland Authorized Service Centre in November 2014. Sino-US Intercontinental acts as an official non-exclusive distributor for AgustaWestland civil helicopters in China, excluding Hong Kong and Macau. The partnership has further expanded the presence of the AW119, GrandNew and AW139 models and introduced the other two AgustaWestland Family types, the AW169 and AW189, into China.
AgustaWestland and Sino-US are devoting significant effort to strengthen the level of service in China with comprehensive maintenance and training solutions, to further enhance operational effectiveness and safety of AgustaWestland’s state-of-the-art products in the country.
The selection of the AW119Kx as the first commercial EMS platform to be used in China further strengthens the presence of the type in the emergency medical service market. The AW119Kx is the latest evolution of the proven AW119 single engine helicopter which features the Garmin G1000HTM integrated flight deck system while keeping the AW119’s outstanding performance, cabin space and payload. The new avionics system includes a synthetic vision system, moving map, highway in the sky and obstacle/terrain avoidance systems for enhanced pilot situational awareness and safety.
Over 240 AW119 helicopters have been ordered to date in more than 30 countries by over 100 customers. The AW119Kx is perfectly suited to perform many roles including EMS, executive/corporate transport, utility, fire-fighting and law enforcement duties.
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