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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

AgustaWestland Establishes Chinese JVs

Guangxi Police will use its new AW139 for law enforcement and disaster relief. AgustaWestland

Chongqing Helicopter Investment Corp. has announced plans to partner with AgustaWestland to “examine future collaboration opportunities” in the expanding helicopter market in China. The companies are creating a joint venture in the Liangjiang New Area of Chongqing, with the first test-flight of the JV-produced aircraft slated for late 2012. AgustaWestland has established another joint venture, Change Agusta Helicopter (CAH), with AviChina‘s Jiangxi Changhe Aviation Industries Company. AgustaWestland has also handed over an AW139 to the Police of the Province in Guangxi, China for law enforcement and disaster relief missions. The province capital’s Nanning Public Security Bureau also received an AW109 Power in recent weeks. The helicopters are part of a fleet-wide upgrade and expansion program in Guangxi.

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