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Monday, December 1, 2008

Rotorcraft Report: China Air Show Yields Big Sales

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The seventh China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, also known as the China Air Show, closed November 9, but not before seeing brisk aircraft sales. According to show officials, the six-day event, held in Zhuhai, resulted in 102 aircraft sales totaling $4 billion.

While commercial and military jet aircraft made up a large portion of the sales, helicopter manufactures found eager buyers for their products, too. There are only 400 public service helicopters currently in use in country, but in an environment that Chinese officials described in a press release as "the fastest-growing market in the world," they anticipate 1,600 helicopters will be purchased by 2010.

Eurocopter sold 15 helicopters at the show to two companies. Offshore operator and long-standing customer Citic Offshore Helicopter purchased 10, twin-engine, EC155-B1 Dauphins. Powerline and pipeline surveillance specialist, Allyway, will receive five, single-engine, AS350-B3s Ecureuils. Eurocopter said its China-based subsidiary will begin delivering the helicopters in late 2009.

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