MD Helicopters receives first China MD500E helicopter order

Avion Pacific, the Chinese sales distributer for MD Helicopters, received its first Chinese order for a brand new MD500E helicopter from Shandong Qi Xiang General Aviation Ltd.

The aircraft is scheduled for delivery in the second quarter of 2014 and will be used for agricultural spraying and utility work in the Shandong province of China, south of Beijing.

“We are honoured that Shandong Qi Xiang General Aviation has selected the MD 500E, signifying our first sale of this renowned aircraft in China,” said Lynn Tilton, CEO of MDHI.

“The versatility and reliability of the MD 500E helicopter will provide Qi Xiang General Aviation with superior performance and safety during demanding conditions often experienced in utility and agricultural missions,” Tilton added.

“The key features of the MD 500E, including the five-bladed main rotor and Rolls-Royce turbine engine, make it well suited for our company,” said Liu Haifeng, director of Board, Qi Xiang GA. “We’re confident this aircraft will further expand our business capabilities.”

Terry Spruce

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