(Yicai Global) June 15 -- Airbus Helicopters, a subsidiary of civil and military aircraft maker Airbus Group SE, is to build its first helicopter assembly line in China with partners China Aviation Supplies Holding Co. and Qingdao United General Aviation Industrial Development Co.
"As China gradually opens up low-altitude airspace and civilian helicopters and public services continue to develop in the country, China is expected to become the world's largest civilian helicopter market in the next several years. The Chinese market will need about 600 light twin helicopters in the next 20 years," said Mr. Norbert Ducrot, president of Airbus Helicopter China.
The factory will manufacture the H135 helicopter and is expected to produce 36 helicopters per year. It is scheduled for launch in 2018 and will be Airbus' only industrial base for light helicopter production in China.