First Airbus Helicopter final assembly line in China

The first Airbus Helicopter final assembly line in China will be set up in cooperation with Sino-German Ecopark.

A Letter of Intent (LOI) for the establishment of a final assembly line (FAL) of Airbus Helicopters H135 in China was signed by Yao Yixian, the Sino-German Ecopark deputy general manager and Wolfgang Schoder, Airbus Helicopters Deutschland CEO in Hefei, Anhui Province. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and the visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel witnessed the signing ceremony.

The Chinese line will build 100 H135 helicopters over the next ten years. This industrial hub will give a long-term presence for Airbus Helicopters in China.

“The signing of this LOI is another milestone in the long lasting cooperation between Airbus Helicopters and China which started 40 years ago.”

Norbert Ducrot, president of Airbus Helicopters China said: “The signing of this LOI is another milestone in the long lasting cooperation between Airbus Helicopters and China which started 40 years ago. Airbus Helicopters is leading the Chinese helicopter market with a civil market share of 40% today. This collaboration is a significant development that will help us to further increase our market share, while providing proven and certified solutions to accompany the progressive opening of Chinese skies to helicopter operations.”

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: terry@corporatejetinvestor.com or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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