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Airbus announces China, Japan helo orders
H125. © Airbus Helicopters

Airbus announces China, Japan helo orders

Airbus has announced new light helicopter orders in China and Japan at HAI Heli-Expo 2018 in Las Vegas.

Airbus Helicopters has announced new orders in China and Japan at HAI Heli-Expo 2018 in Las Vegas.

Heliflite China has ordered seven H125s and three H130s. The company, based in Xian, China, has also been accredited as an official Airbus Helicopters distributor in the region. The light helicopters will be used for utility and helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) missions throughout China.

Heliflite, which began distribution operations in 200, will now become part of the global Airbus Helicopters network, supporting Airbus to prepare for future growth by helping address new customers operating small helicopter fleets in remote regions.

According to Airbus, the H125/H130 is the top-selling single-engine helicopter in the Chinese general aviation community, and represents the largest turbine helicopter fleet in China, making up nearly 50% of all light single engines in the country.

Also in Las Vegas, the company signed new contracts for three helicopters from Japanese operators.

The first contract was signed with existing customer Auto Panther, for one ACH130 featuring Airbus’ signature ‘Stylence by ACH’ sports car-inspired luxury interiors. The first in Japan to operate the ACH130, the company will use the helicopter for corporate VIP transportation in Kagoshima, south of Japan.

The second contract was secured from longstanding customer Noevir Aviation Inc., for one light single engine H125. The company has been operating several units of an earlier version of the H125, which have been serving its charter needs for the past three decades.

The third contract was inked with Nakanihon Air Service, for a new light twin H135 helicopter. The order brings the company’s H135 fleet to 20, deployed for a variety of missions spanning helicopter emergency medical services and electronic news gathering.

Airbus currently leads the Japanese civil and parapublic helicopter market with more than 50% market share.

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