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Safran signs helicopter engine support contracts with Chinese group GDAT

May 16, 2024  By Helicopters Staff

One of GDAT’s H225 helicopters. In China, one out of every two helicopters is powered by Safran engines, either produced by Safran or under license. (Photo: GDAT, Safran)

During Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to France, and in the presence of Safran CEO Olivier Andriès and GDAT Group Chairman Peter Jiang, Safran Helicopter Engines signed support-by-the-hour contracts with GDAT, to support the Makila engines powering its fleet of Airbus H225 helicopters, as well as the Arrano engines powering GD Helicopter Finance (GDHF) H160 helicopters to be operated by GDAT, which will shortly enter service.

These two maintenance-by-the-hour service type contracts cover in-service support and MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) for 140 Arrano 1A and Makila 2A1 engines. The contracts will be managed by Safran Helicopter Engines China, which oversees more than 500 engines in service. In China, one out of every two helicopters is powered by Safran engines, either produced by Safran or under license.

“We are particularly proud that a leading helicopter company like GDAT Group has placed its trust in us for the operational follow-up and MRO of its engines. GDAT Group has an ambitious fleet development strategy, and we’re going to support them with the best possible services for their success,” said Cédric Goubet, Safran Helicopter Engines CEO.

GDAT is described as China’s leading low-altitude economy company, focusing on helicopter business and operating the largest H225 fleet in the country. It provides helicopter rescue, transport, offshore transport, and aerial work missions. It is also a helicopter maintenance company. Founded in 2012, and based in Shanghai, GDAT has subsidiaries in Hong Kong, Suzhou, and Ningbo. GDHF, meanwhile, is a start-up helicopter leasing and finance company based in Dublin, Ireland.


“GDAT is very pleased to enter into this partnership with Safran Helicopter Engines and we look forward to a long and productive relationship. It wants to grow helicopter operations and further develop the China low-altitude economy. The Safran support and partnership will help enable this vision,” said Peter Jiang, GDAT Group Chairman.



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