HELI-EXPO 2016 – PRESS RELEASE
Sino-US Signs contract for 25 AW119Kx helicopters in EMS configuration in China.
- The contract is part of a framework agreement for 60 AW119Kx aircraft
- Establishing the largest emergency medical service helicopter programme ever launched in China with deliveries starting by June 2016
- More than 130 Finmeccanica helicopters of various types have been sold to Chinese customers to date for a range of commercial and public services.
Finmeccanica announced today a major step forward in the expansion of its presence in the global emergency medical service (EMS) market with the signing of a contract for 25 AgustaWestland AW119Kx single engine helicopters with Sino-US in China through its Helicopter Division. The signing was performed during an official ceremony held at Heli-Expo 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. This contract includes a comprehensive support and training services package and is part of a framework agreement for 60 AW119Kx aircraft to be acquired through to 2017. Deliveries are expected to start by June 2016 and the helicopters will be operated by Kingwing General Aviation Co. Ltd (Kingwing), a prime helicopter operator in China which has established a dedicated EMS project designated the CHAA (China Helicopter Air Ambulance) to provide a strong contribution to the Chinese EMS sector.
The framework agreement and the 25 helicopters contract pave the path for the establishment of the largest EMS helicopter programme across China’s provinces and significantly strengthens the presence of Finmeccanica Helicopter Division in the commercial and public services market, where its products have demonstrated greatly successful for a range of missions such as law enforcement, rescue, disaster relief, firefighting and passenger transport. More than 130 Finmeccanica helicopters have been sold to Chinese customers to date.