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Ducrot says that in recent years, the EC225/
EC725 has been doing very well in Asia Pacific, with
orders for these to be configured to perform search &
rescue/combat search & rescue missions as well as
oil & gas operations. "We are also expecting our new
product, the EC175 from the medium category, to do
very well when we launch the oil & gas configured
version later this year."
Sikorsky, meanwhile, has seen recent strength
in the search and rescue and police operations in
the Asian civil market. Vice president sales for Asia
Christoph Nurit says that flight conditions and aircraft
availability in these markets are "more stringent."
Sikorsky has seen reent sales In these markets in
Japan, Korea and China. "We are poised to deliver in
excess of 20 aircraft in these East Asia countries over
the next few years Also, our civilian products have
been widely picked for OSO missions throughout
Asia," says Nurit.
During the Singapore Air show, Sikorsky
announced the opening of a marketing office in
Malaysia. "We are also committed to local support
capabilities that will ensure the success of our
customers generations to come. For example, you will
see more Sikorsky training capabilities in the short
term," says Nurit. He adds, "Within the next year or
so, there will be new Sikorsky training opportunities
in South East Asia and China."
AgustaWestland has also found success in the
Japanese market. In mid-April this year it was awarded
a contract by the Japan National Police Agency to
supply two GrandNew law enforcement light twin
helicopters as part of an on-going programme to
modernise the Police helicopter fleet. The order
represents the first sale of GrandNew helicopters to
the JNPA and brings the number of AgustaWestland
light twin helicopters operating in the Japanese law
enforcement market to 25.
Andrew Symonds, president, AgustaWestland
Japan said, "This latest order is further evidence of
the growing success we have experienced in the
Japanese helicopter market in recent years, meeting
commercial, government and military requirements
by offering the best solutions and establishing
strong relationships with our local partners. We are
committed to building on this success by offering
the best solutions for future rotorcraft requirements
in Japan." AgustaWestland also recently sold its first
GrandNew light twin helicopter in the corporate/VIP
transport Japanese market. The aircraft is scheduled
to be delivered to its customer in late 2012.
The company recently struck a deal with
design house Karl Lagerfeld for the design of VIP
helicopter interiors and exteriors. AgustaWestland
says, "The cooperation will initially focus on the
development of an exclusive AW139 medium twin
helicopter VIP exterior and interior design, with the
possibility to expand the partnership to include other
AgustaWestland commercial helicopter models."
The Anglo-Italian manufacturer claims a 70-%
share of the Chinese law-enforcement market,
where the AW119Ke single engine helicopter and
the AW109 Power and AW139 twin engine models
are engaged in a range of roles including fire fighting,
rescue and disaster relief.
The company says it "has achieved growing success in
China s commercial helicopter market in recent years
with orders now totalling over 40 units of various types
for a number of applications including law enforcement,
disaster relief, fire fighting, harbour pilot shuttle, water
pollution monitoring, VIP, utility and passenger transport."
Russian Helicopters, meanwhile, opened a
representative office in Vietnam late last year -
traditionally one of its strongest markets in the
Asia-Pacific region. The company says: "One of
the main goals of this opening is to gain access to
broader markets, search for new partners and new
cooperation modes in Southeast Asia and Australia."
The manufacturer says that the main tasks of the
Vietnamese representative office are to support Russian
Helicopters activities in the region and to promote
helicopters and parts delivery, leasing, and maintenance
services to the regional and international markets.
"As one of the rapidly developing countries of the
region and a long-time partner of Russia, Vietnam is
an important aviation market for the holding company
and a firm foothold for further development of
business and the popularisation of Russian rotorcraft
in Southeast Asia," says the manufacturer.
"Southeast Asia and Vietnam in particular are
traditional buyers of Russian rotorcraft. We are
constantly in touch with partners in this region, and this
is one of the key directions of the Russian Helicopters
marketing strategy. By opening a representative office
in Hanoi we will be able to establish an aftersale
support system for rotorcraft of Russian make that will
be very accessible and comfortable for operators in this
region. I am confident that this step will lead us and our
local partners to a new level of cooperation," Russian
Helicopters CEO, Dmitry Petrov, said.
Russian Helicopters says it has around 50% of
the total civil helicopter fleet in Vietnam, although
other manufacturers such as Eurocopter have been
making inroads there recently. Petrov also recently
said in an interview that the company was keen
to increase its presence in the Chinese market as
airspace restrictions start to relax.
Bell Helicopter launches the 525 Relentless super medium helicopter
"China is still in its infancy," Jeffrey
Lowinger, executive vice president
engineering, Bell Helicopter
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