Zhuhai Helicopter signs contract for three Sikorsky helicopters

Sikorsky Aircraft and China Southern Airlines’ Zhuhai
Helicopter Branch company held a signing ceremony at the first China Helicopter
Exposition in Tianjin
for the purchase of two Sikorsky S-92 and one S-76 by Zhuhai Helicopter. The
new acquisitions are aimed at supporting the ever-expanding offshore oil
operations in the South China Sea by Zhuhai’s

Zhuhai Helicopter Branch is among the major
helicopter operators supporting offshore oil operations in China. The
company has used Sikorsky helicopters since 1984 to transport oil workers for
such companies as China National Offshore Oil Corp., Chevron and ExxonMobil.
Currently, Zhuhai Helicopter Branch operates the largest S-76 helicopter fleet
in China and Asia, and will have 13 S-76 and three S-92 helicopters in
its rotorcraft fleet when the three new aircraft are delivered.

Sikorsky vice president Shane Eddy said,
“Sikorsky and Zhuhai Helicopter have enjoyed a very strong relationship
for nearly 30 years, based on the safe and reliable performance of our
helicopters serving Zhuhai’s customers in the offshore oil and other market
segments. Since 2007, Zhuhai has purchased nine Sikorsky helicopters including
three S-92 medium weight helicopters. We appreciate the continued partnership
with Zhuhai and will continue working together to meet the increasing needs of China’s
offshore oil industry.”

Captain LI, Jiahua, president of Zhuhai Helicopter
Branch, also expressed a strong interest in continuing to work with Sikorsky
for further developing the market in the years to come.

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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