Nine Of The Helos Delivered So Far In 2010
A steady stream of deliveries has sent nine new Sikorsky S-76
and S-92 helicopters to China in 2010 - the most ever in a single
year for China. The deliveries include two S-76C++ search and
rescue (SAR) helicopters to the Ministry of Transport (MOT) China
Rescue and Salvage helicopters last week and two S-76C++ to Eastern
General Aviation Company (EGAC) currently being delivered. Sikorsky
announced the deliveries from the China Air Show.
In addition to the EGAC and MOT deliveries, Sikorsky Aircraft
also delivered two S-76C++ helicopters so far this year to the
Zhuhai Helicopter Branch, a division of China Southern Airlines.
Zhuhai is scheduled to take delivery of a third S-76C++ helicopter
next month, the last one for Zhuhai this year.
"Operators worldwide continue to see high value and safety in
the S-76 helicopter line," said Scott Pierce, Sikorsky vice
president, Asia Sales region. "The safety and efficiency of these
aircraft, combined with solid support, have contributed to the
growth of the fleet across Asia and Sikorsky looks forward to
continuing its relationship with these customers for many years to
The China Rescue and Salvage has been operating the Sikorsky
S-76 helicopter in the SAR capacity since 2001 and it has developed
into a skillful search and rescue agency, responsible for the
entire coastline of China. The Director General, Bureau of Rescue
and Salvage, Captain Song Jiahui personally accepted the aircraft
from the Sikorsky Global Helicopters facility in Coatesville, PA,
China Rescue and Salvage, which established its aerial search
and rescue capability with the S-76 helicopter, will celebrate its
10th anniversary flying Sikorsky helicopters in 2011.
With the pending December delivery, Zhuhai will operate a total
of 13 aircraft - 12 S-76 helicopters and one S-92 aircraft. Zhuhai
is the largest Sikorsky fleet operator in Asia, providing maritime
helicopter services for domestic and international oil companies in
the Bohai Sea, Yellow Sea, East China Sea, and South China Sea.
Located in Tianjin in northern China, EGAC is a large commercial
customer of Sikorsky Aircraft in China. It provides both S-76 and
S-92 helicopter service to offshore oil companies operating in the
Bohai Bay area. Sikorsky delivered two S-76C++ aircraft to EGAC in
June 2010. With the latest addition being delivered to EGAC at
Sikorsky Global Helicopters' facility in Coatesville, PA, USA, this
week, EGAC will operate a fleet of eight S-76 and one S-92