BEIJING, March 2 (Xinhua) -- Airbus Helicopters has received orders for seven H125 and three H1500 light helicopters from Heliflite China.
These helicopters will be used to accelerate the company's presence in the utility and helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) missions throughout China, according to Airbus Helicopters China.
Heliflite China has also been accredited as an official Airbus Helicopters distributor in the region, supporting Airbus' growth in the rapidly developing market.
"Given the sheer size of the market and its potential in China, we are preparing for future growth by ensuring the necessary resources available to support all of the operations in the country," said Marie-Agnes Veve, dead of Airbus Helicopters in China.
China's helicopter industry has experienced around 20 percent annual growth over the past five years and Airbus expects this trend to continue, according to Veve.
Heliflite China, based in Xi'an in northwest China's Shaanxi Province, is a major player in China's burgeoning helicopter market.
It will become part of the global Airbus Helicopters network, supporting Airbus to prepare for future growth by helping address new customers operating small helicopter fleets in remote regions, according to Airbus China.
"The wide range of Airbus helicopters offers the right choice for customers in this emerging market. We are happy to be able to support this growth," said Du Li, chief executive officer of Heliflite China.
The H125 and H1500 are popular single-engine helicopters. More than 125 of them are currently in operation in China, making up nearly half of all light single engines in the country.
Airbus Helicopters is a major player in the Chinese helicopter market with a market share of about 40 percent. It has set up seven local offices and a regional customer service center in China.