Eurocopter to supply more EC225 and AS350 B3e helicopters to largest Chinese operator
The State Grid General Aviation Company (SGGAC) has ordered one EC225 and two AS350 B3e helicopters.
As the wholly-owned subsidiary of State Grid Corporation of China, one of the world’s largest electricity providers, SGGAC is now expanding its helicopter business scope into aerial survey, emergency rescue, passenger and freight transportation, infrastructure construction and scientific experimentation.
“The new acquisitions will undoubtedly augment SGGAC’s capabilities in servicing State Grid Corporation’s coverage of the country’s electrical and power lines,” said Norbert Ducrot, Eurocopter senior vice president for Asia-Pacific. “Eurocopter is ready to continue our partnership in assisting SGGAC’s implementation of its ambitious expansion strategy throughout China.”
Eurocopter aircraft are being used by the Chinese on a number of large and important infrastructure projects, such as the Qinghai-Tibet AC-DC Interconnection Project plateau line. The helicopters used on this project had to operate ar altitudes of 5,350 metres above sea level, a record for helicopter-based power line support operations.
The EC225 is to be received by SGGAC in 2015 for multi-role missions, including utility and emergency rescue.
“With SGGAC growing its helicopter fleet and capabilities, we look forward to expanding on the mutual trust and our win-win partnership with Eurocopter – thereby preparing the future of China’s general aviation together,” stated SGGAC general manager Zou Ben Guo.