Heli-One and China Southern Airlines sign LOI
December 13, 2018 By Helicopters Staff
Heli-One, based in Richmond, BC, is set to expand its global maintenance, repair, and overhaul footprint after signing a Letter of Intent to provide services to China Southern Airlines. Focusing on providing China Southern Airlines with helicopter component MRO and design engineering support, Heli-One explains this deal signifies the beginning of a strategic agreement for a long-term cooperation between the two companies.
“[China Southern Airlines is] the aviation leader in the Chinese civilian market, and we are looking forward to supporting them in their growth,” said Eddie Lane, president, Heli-One. “Our team is ready to support their maintenance needs and share our learnings with them.”
China Southern Airlines’ helicopter division, called China Southern Airlines General Aviation (CSAGA), was founded in 1980 and is China’s largest Sikorsky helicopter operator. The operation has 10 bases across China and its fleet includes S-92, S-76, and Bell 407 aircraft. CSAGA provides helicopter transport services for a variety of industries, primarily for offshore, but also for utility, forestry, SAR, photography, and general transportation.
Heli-One has been providing maintenance services for S-92 and S-76 aircraft for decades and is an Authorized Sikorsky S-76 Customer Support Center and an Authorized Gearbox Overhaul facility. Heli-One explains its design engineers and technicians have developed hundreds of major, minor, and unique repairs across both platforms.
Heli-One has provided support to China Southern Airlines in the past, including component repair, and overhaul and design engineering. Heli-One operates three facilities worldwide with a team of more than 650 employees.