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Finmeccanica Reaches Agreement with Sino-U.S. Intercontinental Helicopter Investment

Finmeccanica, one of the main global players in defense, aerospace, and security, has recently come to an agreement with a Chinese company in order to provide more than two dozen helicopters. This purchase agreement was signed on April 12th in Shanghai at the Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition. The Chinese operator and distributor, Sino-U.S. Intercontinental Helicopter Investment, will be receiving from Finmeccanica twenty-five AW119Kx light single-engine helicopters. Deliveries are anticipated to start in June, as Sino-U.S. Intercontinental Helicopter Investment has ordered these helicopters in an emergency medical configuration. This purchase agreement is part of a larger framework agreement for the purchasing of sixty AW119Kx helicopters all the way through to 2017.

These recently purchased AW119Kx light single-engine helicopters will be operated by Sino-U.S. Intercontinental Helicopter Investment’s sister company, KingWing General Aviation, when the helicopters enter into service this fall.

KingWing also secured follow-on agreements with Shanghai Regional Hospital for the supply of medical staff and with Shanghai Emergency Medical Center for the coordination of logistics and operation of the emergency call and dispatch center,” reported Joseph Ambrogne from Aviation Today. “Sino-U.S. also secured an agreement with Eastern General Aviation for a pair of AW109SP light twin-engine helicopters that will become available starting next month for utility missions, such as power-line surveying.

The AW119Kx light single-engine helicopters are powered by Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PT6B-37A. The AW119 Koala aircraft is a utility helicopter that seats up to eight passengers. This aircraft was designed to target operators who prefer lower running costs of a single-engine aircraft in comparison to a twin-engine aircraft. The new AW119Kx variant is integrated with the Garmin G1000 glass cockpit, which enables to aircraft to offer improved safety, increased situational awareness, as well as reduced pilot workload. Primary flight as well as other vital information is displayed for the pilots on two 10.4 inch multi-function displays featured in the cockpit. In addition to this, there is an independently powered stand-by display which is nearby in case of system failure.

Under this purchase agreement, Finmeccanica will be providing training and support as part of their framework agreement for sixty AW119Kx helicopters which will be acquired through to next year.


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