Wed, Jul 25, 2007
Delivery Marks First Helo Of Type To Operate In The
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has delivered the first S-92 helicopter
to China. Eastern General Aviation Corporation (EGAC), a subsidiary
of China Eastern Airlines Group, recently accepted the aircraft
along with two S-76 C++ helicopters.
The delivery distinguishes EGAC as the first customer to operate
the S-92 in China. The helicopters will be used for offshore oil
operations as part of EGAC's plans to expand its business with
China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) and ConocoPhillips
China, Inc., a joint venture with CNOOC. The aircraft are upgrades
for EGAC's current fleet of three S-76A++ aircraft, according to
Located in Tianjin in northern China, EGAC is the second-largest
commercial customer of Sikorsky Aircraft in China. It provides
helicopter service to offshore oil companies operating in the Bohai
Bay area, a region in China that is experiencing oil industry
"China is important to us as both a market and supplier base,
including for S-92 tail pylons. The aircraft's entry into the
domestic market is particularly gratifying and appropriate," said
Sikorsky President Jeffrey Pino. "We expect the S-92 will become an
important part of China's growing oil industry."
The three aircraft were ferried to Tianjin by an Antonov 124
cargo aircraft. In-country flight training with a Sikorsky
instructor has been successfully completed and the S-92 is
scheduled to begin contract service with CNOOC and ConocoPhilips on
August 1. Avion Pacific Ltd., China sales representative for
Sikorsky Aircraft, is conducting flight training for the S-76C++ in
country with an estimated completion date of August 15.
"The introduction of the S-92 marks the milestone of EGAC
entering into heavy machines operations and we are very happy with
our selection," said EGAC President Li Jianmin.
Captain Ma Qin, EGAC's Chief Pilot of EGAC, said, "The S-92 is a
superb machine, the best I have ever flown in my career. We are
excited to be flying it."
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