New VIP Chinese helicopter operator orders two Eurocopter aircraft

Eurocopter receives first order for EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style helicopter from Asia.
An EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style helicopter in flight (Photo: Charles Abarr).

An EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style helicopter in flight (Photo: Charles Abarr).

Henan New Continental Business Aviation of China has ordered two helicopters – an EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style and an AS350 B3e – from Eurocopter.

The new Chinese helicopter operator has become the first in Asia to order a Eurocopter EC145MB helicopter, as well as an AS350 B3e from the Ecureuil family.

Zhou Suiji, chairman of Henan New Continental Business Aviation, said: “While VIP helicopter transportation in China is relatively young, the customers’ needs are maturing rapidly.”

Zhou Suiji added: “With the EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style helicopter and the AS350 B3e, we will be able to meet and exceed their expectations of comfort and exclusivity.”

Eurocopter will deliver the AS350 B3e by the end of 2013, followed by the EC145 in mid-2014.

“We welcome Henan New Continental into the Eurocopter family, and pledge the full backing of our in-country support resources,” said Eurocopter China CEO Norbert Ducrot. “This operator will be well positioned to serve the rapidly-growing Chinese market, where Eurocopter helicopters already are increasingly used for the VIP and business segment, in commercial and utility missions, as well as by the public service sector.”

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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