China’s State Grid General Aviation Company's new Airbus H215. (Airbus photo)
China’s State Grid General Aviation Company (SGGAC) has taken delivery of Airbus H215 helicopter, becoming the launch customer for the heavy twin-engine helicopter in China.
A subsidiary of the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), the world’s largest utility company, SGGAC performs aerial construction and maintenance work along China’s network of high and very-high voltage power lines.
The H215 will join the company’s existing fleet of 15 Airbus helicopters — H125s, an H120 and an H225 — and enable new missions such as cable repair, cable laying, cargo transportation, and power line pylons constructions in difficult-to-reach areas.
“It’s an honour to see SGGAC becoming the first operator of the H215 in China”, said Marie-Agnes Veve, general manager of Airbus Helicopters China. “This achievement reinforces the long-term and strategic cooperation we have developed with the company, which also became a certified Airbus Helicopters’ maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) centre in China in 2018.”
The helicopter comes equipped with a 4.5-ton cargo sling, hoists, weather radar, and a wire-strike protection system. The configuration features 17 comfortable seats equipped with oxygen jackets for high altitude missions.
“Our cooperation with Airbus Helicopters since 2012 has been a true success," said Wu Jielong, chairman of SGGAC. "Thanks to the H215’s outstanding performance in high and hot conditions coupled with strong support and services from Airbus Helicopters, we are confident that we will continue to develop our capabilities performing new utility missions."
The H215 combines advanced avionics and a reliable platform for rugged multi-mission capabilities in the world’s harshest environments. Standard features include proven Makila 1A1 engines, an advanced flight management and glass cockpit avionics systems and 4-axis autopilot from Airbus Helicopters’ larger H225.
The introduction of this H215 increases China’s Super Puma fleet to nearly 40 aircraft, performing a wide range of missions from oil and gas to aerial work to VIP transportation. The fleet is supported by Airbus Helicopters’ China technical team, its approved helicopter MRO centre in Shenzhen, and an H225 full flight simulator located in Beijing.