The orders, including both light single-engine
helicopters from Airbus Helicopters' Ecureuil family and the
light twin-engine EC135, are being placed by three Chinese
general aviation service providers, the company said in a
“We are grateful to the operators for selecting Airbus
Helicopters to be their partner in developing the general
aviation market to serve China’s needs,” said Airbus Helicopters
CEO Guillaume Faury.
“It is evident that China’s relaxation of its low-altitude
airspace regulations is enabling the country’s burgeoning
helicopter market to realize its potential.”
Germany's Deutsche Lufthansa AG and China's flag carrier, Air
China Ltd, also signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to
expand and strengthen their partnership in a separate deal
signed earlier on Monday.
The MOU should pave the way for a commercial joint venture
between the two carriers, Lufthansa said. The airline did not
provide further details.
The two carriers, both members of the Star Alliance, also said
they were working to offer better flight connections,
particularly on China-Europe routes, and expand collaboration in
maintenance, repair and overall services.
(Reporting by Andreas Rinke and Fang Yan in BEIJING; Editing by
Paul Tait and Matt Driskill)
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