By Joseph Ambrogne | April 13, 2016
Finmeccanica has secured a purchase agreement with a Chinese company for more than two dozen helicopters.
Chinese distributor and operator Sino-U.S. Intercontinental Helicopter Investment signed the agreement on April 12 at the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition in Shanghai. Finmeccanica will deliver 25 AW119Kx light single-engine helicopters in an emergency medical configuration to Sino-U.S. starting in June. Finmeccanica also will provide support and training under the contract.
The signing is part of a larger framework agreement for the acquisition of 60 AW119Kx helicopters through 2017.
Sino-U.S.'s sister company, KingWing General Aviation, will operate the helicopters when they enter service this fall. KingWing also secured follow-on agreements with Shanghai Regional Hospital for the supply of medical staff and with Shanghai Emergency Medical Center for the coordination of logistics and operation of the emergency call and dispatch center.
Sino-U.S. also secured an agreement with Eastern General Aviation for a pair of AW109SP light twin-engine helicopters that will become available starting next month for utility missions, such as power-line surveying.