Eurocopter Announces the Sale of 15 Helicopters(November 4, 2008) -- Eurocopter and its subsidiary in China sign for 10 EC155 B1s with Citic Offshore Helicopter (COHC), the main offshore operator and 5 AS350B3s with Allyway to be employed for aerial works and utility missions.
COHC is one of Eurocopter's long-standing customers in China and this deal for 10 EC155 B1s shows proof of its continued confidence in the company's products.
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The additional fleet of Dauphins will further strengthen COHC's fleet which already includes 22 Eurocopter helicopters - 5 AS 365 Dauphins, 5 EC 155 B and B1s, 10 AS 332 L1 Super Pumas and 2 EC225s.
To be delivered from end 2009, COHC will possess in time 15 EC155 Dauphin helicopters. Since 2001, the EC155 has well established itself in the global Oil and Gas market - 30% of the EC155 fleet in the world today is used for offshore transport missions.
The second sale of 5 AS350 B3 Ecureuils to Allyway marks the launch of this model in China as well as the beginnings of Eurocopter helicopters in the domain of power-line and pipe-line surveillance, a potential market in the country due to its extensive territory and network of pipe-lines which in currently being developed.
To be delivered over the next 2 years, the AS350 B3 helicopters will subsequently be leased to various Chinese operators , the first being Citic General Aviation Co. Ltd (CGAC).
Source : Eurocopter