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During Airshow China 2008, Eurocopter signed a contract for ten EC155 B1s with the leading Chinese oil & gas operator Citic Offshore Helicopter (COHC). The Group also signed a contract for five AS350 B3 Ecureuils with the company Allyway. The five aircraft will perform utility missions and aerial work. A long-standing Eurocopter customer, COHC is renewing its unwavering loyalty to the Group’s products with this new order. The EC155s will boost the company’s fleet, which already includes 22 Eurocopter aircraft: Five AS365 Dauphins, five EC155 Bs, ten AS332 L1 Super Pumas, and two EC225s. Allyway’s five helicopters are the first AS350 B3 Ecureuils to be sold in China. They also mark Eurocopter’s breakthrough onto the Chinese market for the surveillance of high voltage power lines and pipelines. The helicopters will be delivered over the next two years, and will be leased to various Chinese operators—with Citic General Aviation Co. Ltd (CGAC) at the top of the list.

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On October 8, 2008, Australian Aerospace, Eurocopter’s subsidiary in Australia, delivered an additional EC130 B4 to Advanced Flight, which already has a fleet of seven EC130 B4s, an EC120 B and an AS350 B3 Ecureuil. The delivery took place at Australian Aerospace’s site in New Zealand. Whilst the delivery proceeded normally, there was certainly nothing ordinary about the aircraft interior— its seats, in particular. In fact, this helicopter is one of the first in the world to have seats made from a highly exclusive type of leather, designed by the American company Townsend Leathers in collaboration with the makers of a renowned brand of cigars. This demonstrates Eurocopter’s ability to devise innovative solutions to meet the needs of its most demanding customers.

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On October 16, 2008, the Ukrainian Ministry of Emergencies and Eurocopter signed a contract for two EC145s. These aircraft will be used for numerous missions in the Kiev region, such as search & rescues, emergency medical services, and fire fighting. The EC145s will be operated by the Special Aviation Squadron of the Operational Rescue Service of Public Safety of the Ministry of Emergencies, which is based at Nizhyn, in Chernihiv Oblast. The aircraft are scheduled to be delivered in 2009.