Airbus sells first ACH160 to China


Airbus Corporate Helicopter has netted its first Chinese launch customer for the ACH160. The company announced yesterday at the Paris Air Show that it has signed an agreement for one ACH160 with Shenzhen Eastern General Aviation Company.

The Chinese operator will be flying mainly corporate and private missions across the Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau Greater Bay area of China. It currently flies a fleet of 12 aircraft including three Airbus H135s.

Zhao Qi, Chairman of Shenzhen Eastern GAC, said: “The ACH160 is the natural next addition to our Airbus fleet of H135s as we look to bolster our PBA presence in the Greater Bay area and explore new opportunities targeting the private aviation market for which we already have a well-developed infrastructure in place.”

The newest medium-class Airbus offering  has already secured a number of orders in Europe and the US. Airbus secured its first ACH160 order in March last year to an unspecified US corporate customer, shortly after launching the Airbus Corporate Helicopters subsidiary. The last public ACH160 sales announcement was made at EBACE in May.

“We’re honoured that Shenzhen Eastern GAC has chosen to expand its partnership with Airbus Helicopters by bringing the ACH160 to China,” said Marie Agnes Veve, head of the North Asia region and Airbus Helicopters China. “From its stylish interior and smooth ride, to its advanced Helionix digital avionics system, the ACH160 brings the perfect combination of versatility, comfort and technology to China’s most discerning passengers and those that fly them.”