New VIP Chinese helicopter operator orders two Eurocopter aircraft
Eurocopter receives first order for EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style helicopter from Asia.
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.”