China Southern Airlines´ Zhuhai Helicopter Company this week accepted two Sikorsky S-76C++ helicopters to support offshore oil projects in the South China Sea and Bohai Bay.
Sikorsky says the acceptance follows a trend of civil aircraft sales into the region for the company.
"Sikorsky Aircraft has been busy in China for the past few years," said Scott Pierce, Vice President, Sikorsky Asia. "In early 2007, we delivered the first S-92 helicopter to China, and soon afterwards, sold another S-92 helicopter in the region. Following that, Sikorsky experienced unprecedented growth in China with the sale of six S-76C++ helicopters. The trend is sound evidence of the popularity of Sikorsky products among Chinese customers, and is strong affirmation of our strategy for this region."
Sikorsky signed an agreement last month with the Rescue and Salvage Bureau of China´s Ministry of Transport (MOT) for four S-76C++ helicopters to enhance the MOT´s maritime and search and rescue capabilities, bringing the fleet´s total to eight and making it one of the largest operators of Sikorsky S-76 SAR helicopters in the world.