During the Paris Air Show, Turbomeca China (Safran) announces the renewal of Citic Offshore Helicopter Co Ltd (COHC) as a Certified Maintenance Center for the Chinese market. This renewal reinforces the proximity support provided to operators in China.
Thanks to this renewal, COHC will further benefit from the Field Technicians, trained and qualified by Turbomeca, to support small fleet operators in China defined in the contract, signed in 2011.
“This renewal confirms the reinforcement of the collaboration between our two companies, initiated five years ago. To serve Turbomeca customers effectively in the field, geographical and cultural coverage are essential assets. We combine the COHC experience and leadership in the helicopter business in China and the Turbomeca strategy to offer proximity support in China,” said Thierry Mantel, General Manager of Turbomeca China.
Today, Turbomeca has a support team of 20 people in China. From September, one Field Representative will be based in Shenzhen to better support COHC and other operators in this region.
COHC’s Turbomecapowered helicopter fleet is composed with eight Super Puma (Makila 1A1), 12 EC 155 (Arriel 2C1 and Arriel 2C), two EC 225 (Makila 2A) and 2 AS350 B3 (Arriel 2B1).
End 2012, Turbomeca China and COHC celebrated the 400,000 cumulative operation hours of Turbomeca engines powering COHC fleet. Today, COHC is the biggest civil helicopter operator in South-east Asia.
Powering 300 helicopters in China, Turbomeca is the leading helicopter engine supplier in China: one helicopter out of two is equipped with Turbomeca engines or licensed products.
Turbomeca (Safran) is the leading helicopter engine manufacturer, and has produced 70,000 turbines based on its own designs since the company was founded. Offering the widest range of engines in the world and dedicated to 2,500 customers in 155 countries, Turbomeca provides a proximity service thanks to its 17 sites, 30 Certified Maintenance Centers, 18 Repair & Overhaul Centers, and 90 Field representatives and Field technicians. Microturbo, the subsidiary of Turbomeca, is the European leader in turbojet engines for missiles, drones and auxiliary power units.
Turbomeca will be responsible for coordinating support for ERA’s fleet no matter where in the world the engines are operating.
The company's facilities are located at Airport Boraldai – Almaty Region.
This contract covers 60 Makila 2 engines powering CHC EC 225 helicopters used for offshore missions, notably in North Sea and Black Sea regions, Nigeria and Australia.