Sikorsky and Ruili Jingcheng Group (RJG) signed two contracts for the introduction of an S-92 and S-76D, marking Sikorsky’s first S-92 helicopter sale to a private Chinese operator and the first-ever S-76D sale into China. The signing took place today at Airshow China 2012 in Zhuhai. Both aircraft will be configured for airline use.
RJG–a private conglomerate based in Ruili, Yunnan province in southwestern China–is expanding its business into the aviation sector by establishing three aviation subsidiaries, one of which includes a helicopter operating company. The company will be the newest Chinese commercial customer for Sikorsky, and will be the first operator in China of the Sikorsky S-76D helicopter, which was granted type certification by the FAA on October 12.
“Today’s announcement signals a major milestone for Sikorsky’s business development in China,” said Sikorsky Global Helicopters vice president Ed Beyer. “We are truly feeling the warmth of the fast-growing helicopter market here as more S-76 and S-92 helicopters keep flying into China. We are even more pleased that our newest customer here has chosen Sikorsky because of the popularity of our products in this market and the high reputation we have built over the past 30 years.”
Meanwhile, Sikorsky and Zhuhai Helicopter Company (ZHC) announced a new contract today at the Chinese airshow for two Sikorsky S-92s to be used as offshore utility helicopters. The acquisition marks the fourth procurement by ZHC from Sikorsky since 2007.
The S-92 was certified to FAA/EASA harmonized Part 29 requirements, as amended through Amendment 47. The helicopter remains the only aircraft to have been certified to this rigorous airworthiness standard without exception or waiver.
ZHC, which acquired the helicopters to support offshore oil operations in the South China Sea., has a workforce of 98 pilots and 115 maintainers who work from four main operating bases in northern and southern China.