China consortium confirms deal for 100 H135 helicopters

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A consortium of Chinese companies has signed a purchase contract for 100 Airbus Helicopters H135 rotorcraft, setting the stage for the type to be assembled in China.

The contract follows a letter of intent signed last year with Qingdao-based Sino-German Ecopark, where a final assembly line for the H135 will be established, says Airbus Helicopters in a statement.

The consortium signing for the 100 helicopters is comprised of China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS), Qingdao United General Aviation Industrial Development, and Citic Offshore Helicopter.

The €700 million ($789 million) contract was signed in the presence of Chinese premier Li Keqiang and German chancellor Angela Merkel, who is on a state visit to China.

The final assembly line is expected to start operations by 2018.

“We are extremely pleased with the progress of this partnership between Airbus Helicopters and our Chinese partners,” says Norbert Ducrot, head of Airbus Helicopters in China and North Asia.

“With the further opening up of the Chinese skies and the increasing growth in the civil and parapublic segments, China is gearing up to be the biggest market for helicopters in years to come. With their inherent versatility and reliability, these 100 H135s will be best suited to meet the soaring demand in China.”


H135 (formerly known as EC135) specifications

Image @janes.comH135 interior

EC135 updated Specifications photo

At a glance

Max weight: 6,570 lb

Capacity: 1/2 pilots + 6/7 passengers

Powerplant: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW206B3 or 2 Turbomeca Arrius 2B2+

Fast cruise speed: 136 kts.

External dimensions

Overall length with blade in front: 39.7 ft.

Minimum width with all blades: 33.5 ft.

Overall width with 2 opposite blades removed:8.7 ft.

General data

Empty weight of standard aircraft: 3,267 lbs.

Maximum takeoff weight: 6,570 lbs.

Useful load: 3,303 lb

Maximum takeoff weight (with external load):6,570 lbs.

Usable fuel capacity (standard tank): 185 gal.

Powerplant: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW206B3 or 2 Turbomeca Arrius 2B2+

Pratt & Whitney Canada PW206B3

Turbomeca Arrius 2B2+


Cabin volume: 173 cu. ft.

Standard seating capacity: 1+6/7 or 2+5/6

*Performance data

Never exceed speed: 140 kts.

Fast cruise speed: 136 kts.

Maximum range (with no reserves): 328 nm.

Maximum endurance (with no reserves):
3.5 hrs.

Hover In ground effect ceiling (5 ft. skid height): 12,700 ft.

Hover out of ground effect ceiling: 7,000 ft.

Takeoff power per engine: 708 shp.

Rate of climb (all engines operative, MCP):1,560 fpm.

* Performance data is provided at Sea Level, ISA conditions, maximum gross weight, with standard fuel. It    is not intended for flight planning purposes. @http:airbushelicoptersinc.comairbus-logo-large


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