AgustaWestland, Sino-US celebrate China opening
April 9, 2014, Shanghai, China - AgustaWestland and Sino-US Intercontinental of China have announced the opening of a joint regional business headquarters in Shanghai. The grand opening was celebrated during an official ceremony held today in the presence of representatives and dignitaries from both partners as well as helicopter operators and authorities.
By Carey Fredericks
AgustaWestland China’s objective is to further expand the presence of AgustaWestand in China’s civil helicopter market by promoting its full range of state-of-the-art, cost effective products and services covering a wide spectrum of commercial applications.
Daniele Romiti, Chief Executive Officer, AgustaWestland said, “We are delighted to establish this Regional Business Headquarters further strengthening our partnership with Sino-US Intercontinental in China. This event marks a new stage in the development of our common commitment to offering the Chinese civil helicopter market the best rotorcraft solutions available today. We are confident we’ll be able to meet the evolving requirements of one of the world’s most promising markets, one showing huge potential for exploitation of vertical lift transport. “
Jianming Zou, Chairman of Shanghai Zenisun Investment Group (parent company of Sino-US Intercontinental) said, “By cooperating with AgustaWestland, a leading rotorcraft OEM in the world, we are introducing its cutting-edge technology and advanced operational system into China. This brings a new opportunity to the expansion of the Chinese civil helicopter market. We firmly believe we will be able to satisfy the various demands of Chinese commercial customers and promote the development of the entire general aviation industry in China.”
Sino-US Intercontinental was appointed as an official non-exclusive distributor for AgustaWestland civil helicopters in China, excluding Hong Kong and Macau, in September 2013 and has also placed orders for twenty helicopters comprising AW119Ke single engine, GrandNew light twin, AW169 light intermediate, AW139 intermediate and AW189 super medium helicopters. The partnership has further expanded the presence of the AW119, GrandNew and AW139 models and introduced the whole Family of new generation types also including the AW169 and AW189 into China. More than 60 AgustaWestland helicopters have been sold to Chinese customers so far to satisfy a range of mission requirements.