Paris Airshow 2017 News Update by Ian Williamson


2 x AW119Kx Helicopters

The AW119Kx is the most spacious and powerful light single-engine helicopter for a wide range of missions.

10 x AW109 Trekker Helicopters

The AW109 Trekker is the newest light twin-engine helicopter in the 3-tonne class; ideally suited to training, utility and aerial work operations which require best-in-class lifting capability, alongside superior range and performance.

5 x AW139 Helicopters

The AW139 is the market-leading intermediate twin-engine helicopter – the benchmark for safety design features, performance capabilities and productivity in challenging multi-role operations all over the world.

  • Sino-US Intercontinental is the exclusive Leonardo Helicopters distributor for the Chinese civil, commercial and offshore helicopter market which also includes (Hong Kong and Macau)
  • close to 200 helicopters have been sold in China so far, half of them to Sino-US Intercontinental

Leonardo and Sino-US Intercontinental Helicopter Investment (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. highlights a further reinforcement of their strategic cooperation in the Chinese helicopter market. The order is valued in excess of €100 million, with deliveries starting later this year.

The contract for the purchase of 17 helicopters and the Distributor renawal agreement was signed during a presentation at the Paris Airshow which also foresees the purchase of additional aircraft in the next three years, and makes Sino-US Intercontinental the exclusive distributor for the Chinese civil, commercial and offshore helicopter market (including Hong Kong and Macau). Furthermore, the exclusivity under the Distributorship Agreement will be extended to the entire Chinese helicopter market no later than mid-2019.

Leonardo Helicopters and Sino-US Intercontinental are also committed to strengthening the level of after-sales service with joint efforts aimed at establishing a completion centre and additional local training services, providing further evidence of the intention of Leonardo to deliver the best level of support to the benefit of the growing helicopter fleet in China.

Sino-US Intercontinental has so far placed orders for nearly 100 helicopters comprising AW119Kx, GrandNew, AW109 Trekker, AW169, AW139 and AW189 and has established the largest EMS (Emergency Medical Service) helicopter programme nationwide in China. The presence of Leonardo in China grows stronger with almost 200 helicopters sold to Chinese customers to date for commercial and public services. The growing fleet is supported by an increased customer support presence, recently enhanced by the opening of a major warehouse facility in Shanghai.