Helicopter manufacturer Leonardo-Finmeccanica has today announced a deal with Chinese company Sino-US Intercontinental Helicopter Investment to supply 30 helicopters for air ambulance services in China. The manufacturer will be supply AW139 intermediate and AW169 light intermediate twin engine models in HEMS configuration. They are expected to be delivered in 2017, said Leonardo, and are to be operated by Kingwing General Aviation, the parent company of Sino-US.
This latest order follows on from a contract signed earlier in 2016 between the two companies for 25 AW119Kx aircraft. This order, said Leonardo, helped pave the way for the establishment of a China-wide HEMS programme. Sino-US has placed orders for over 80 helicopters from Leonardo in 2016, for varying uses, and has also opened a major warehouse facility in Shanghai to reinforce its growing customer support presence.