26/08/2009 EUROCOPTER SIGNS DEAL WITH CHINA’S MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT

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Eurocopter has signed a contract for two further EC225 helicopters with the Ministry of Transport China Rescue and Salvage Bureau (CRS) today (Aug 26). 
Two years after the delivery of its first two EC225 helicopters in December 2007, this signature took place in the presence of the ministry’s vice minister Weng Mengyong, Captain Song Jiahui, director general of the CRS, Fu Shula, president of AVIC International Holding Corporation and Norbert Ducrot, senior vice president Asia Pacific sales for Eurocopter.
This purchase underlines the ministry’s continued vote of confidence in our product range. The EC225 helicopter boasts modern search and rescue capabilities and we are extremely confident in its strong market potential in China, said Ducrot.
We have successfully completed several successful operations with the EC225 helicopters over the past two years and we are very pleased with their performance, commented Song. We are convinced that this new acquisition will help us to better meet the demands of a professional maritime rescue team and protect the safety of our people during times of natural catastrophes.
The EC225 helicopters are twin-engine heavy helicopters in the 10/11 ton class that have already shown their worth in previous operations with the CRS: they recently rescued 11 seamen in tortuous weather conditions during the Morakot typhoon in August and saved over 100 lives during the Sichuan relief effort last year.