Helicopters SGGAC receives China´s first Airbus H215 helicopter

China´s State Grid General Aviation Company (SGGAC) has taken delivery of one Airbus H215 helicopter.

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With the delivery, SGGAC has become the launch operator for the H215 in China. SGGAC is a subsidiary of the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) and the world´s largest utility company.

SGGAC performs aerial maintenance and construction work on high and very-high voltage power lines and the latest H215 addition adds to the existing fleet of 15 Airbus helicopters, which is currently comprising H125s, H120s and an H225 helicopter.

The H215 will enable SGGAC to perform new missions such as cargo transportation, cable laying or cable repair. In addition, power line pylons constructions will be available in areas that are difficult to reach. For such missions, the H215 is being equipped with a 4.5-ton cargo sling, a weather radar and a wire-strike protection system.

“Our cooperation with Airbus Helicopters since 2012 has been a true success. Thanks to the H215’s outstanding performance in high and hot conditions coupled with strong support and services from Airbus Helicopters, we are confident that we will continue to develop our capabilities performing new utility missions,” said Wu Jielong, Chairman of SGGAC.

“It’s an honour to see SGGAC becoming the first operator of the H215 in China”, added Marie-Agnes Veve, General Manager of Airbus Helicopters China. “This achievement reinforces the long-term and strategic cooperation we have developed with the company, which also became a certified Airbus Helicopters’ maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) centre in China in 2018.”

17 passengers can be accommodated on SGGAS´s new H215 helicopter. Every seat is being equipped with oxygen jackets for high altitude missions.

The H215 combines developed avionics and a reliable platform for multi-mission capabilities in the world´s harshest environmental circumstances. Equipped with Makila 1A1 engines, a latest-generation flight management system and other state-of-the-art technologies, the H215 is the perfect fit for operators like SGGAS.

In China, nearly 40 Super Puma aircraft are service, performing a wide range of missions. The whole fleet is being supported by Airbus Helicopter´s technical team, which holds an approved MRO centre in Shenzhen. Moreover, a full flight simulator for the H225 is located in Beijing. The strong presence underlines Airbus Helicopter´s thrust in the Country and the developing market.

Source © airbus.com

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