Three Chinese general aviation operators signed orders and commitments with Airbus Helicopters yesterday for 123 light singles and twins, including AS350s, EC130s and EC135s. Fujian Xinmei General Aviation (GAC) will be acquiring five AS350B3es, to be delivered this year. The company, which focuses on agricultural and utility work, has committed to another 50 light singles and twins over the next six years.
Meanwhile, Guangdong Baiyun GAC has ordered 50 EC130s and EC135s. An EC130T2 will be delivered this year, and the first three EC135T2es will be handed over by April next year. The remaining aircraft are expected in the next five years, as Baiyun aims to expand its helicopter EMS (HEMS), search-and-rescue and corporate transportation business.
Finally, Yunnan Fengxiang GAC is acquiring 18 AS350B3es. Its first four helicopters are scheduled to be delivered this year, with the remaining 14 following during the next two years. Fengxiang intends to expand beyond utility operations into aerial tours, business aviation and HEMS.