BEIJING — Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with GDAT, a China-based helicopter lessor and operator, for 50 H160 helicopters.
This contract is the largest single order for the H160 on the civil and parapublic market since the helicopter was unveiled in 2015.
The aircraft will be used notably for the energy sector, including offshore transportation for oil and gas platforms, wind farms and harbor piloting as well as emergency medical services and other municipal public service missions.
The companies also signed a strategic cooperation agreement related to topics such as support and services capabilities, among others, to ensure the long-term success of the H160 in China.
With its light maintenance plan aligned between engine and aircraft, the H160 optimizes operating costs and offers a new standard in availability. The H160 is already certified to fly with as much as 50% sustainable aviation fuel and is powered by two of the latest Arrano engines from Safran Helicopter Engines that offer a 15% reduction in fuel burn.