Sikorsky and Changhe sign cabin production agreement

Changhe Aircraft Industries of China will produce S-76D helicopter cabins for Sikorsky.
A Sikorsky S-76D helicopter enters final assembly in Coatesville, Pennsylvania.

A Sikorsky S-76D helicopter enters final assembly in Coatesville, Pennsylvania.

Sikorsky Aircraft has appointed Changhe Aircraft Industries of China to produce S-76D helicopter cabins after signing an agreement at the 2013 China Helicopter Exposition.

Changhe will now serve as a second source for S-76D cabins – joining the Czech Republic’s Aero Vodochody – with deliveries due to begin in 2016.

Changhe was represented at the Chinese event by chairman Yu Feng while senior vice president of operations, Shane Eddy, represented Sikorsky.

“I am proud to sign this agreement with Changhe Aircraft, which extends our very successful partnership in this strategically important region,” said Eddy. “Over the next 10 years, we see the potential for the civil helicopter fleet in China to quadruple, and we are proud to work with such a trusted and respected company as Changhe to serve this expanding market.”

“Changhe and Sikorsky will further expand the collaboration from S-92 and S-76C++ to S-76D products,” added Yu Feng.

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: or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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