The Rescue and Salvage Bureau (CRS) of the
Chinese Ministry of Transport (MOT) has signed a deal for two
Airbus H175 helicopters in a search and rescue (SAR) configuration.
These new H175s will perform SAR missions in one
of the world’s busiest areas for marine traffic (seven of the ten
busiest container ports in the world are located in China) as well
as other important offshore areas like the Bohai Sea and the
These heavily trafficked waters represent a demanding
operational environment where pilots must always be prepared for
the unexpected. The H175’s SAR configuration was chosen for its
endurance, long range, highly flexible cabin, and the Helionix
avionics system which eases pilot workload and improves
The MOT/CRS has been one of Airbus’ most
important customers in China for more than 10 years, today flying
four H225s. It operates four main air bases along China’s coast:
Shanghai, Penglai, Xiamen and Zhuhai. This selection of the H175
SAR version follows the one of the Government Flying Service (GFS)
of Hong Kong, which took delivery of the first multi-service
configuration, which includes the SAR configuration, in June 2018.
"The H175 is proving its place as a trusted partner for maritime
search and rescue missions, as we’re seeing today in China," said
Bruno Even, CEO of Airbus Helicopters. "Thanks to the Chinese
MOT/CRS's continued confidence in Airbus, and our close
partnership with the Aviation Industry Corporation of China
(AVIC), the H175 will aid additional rescue personnel in saving
more lives and vessels in distress along China’s coastline.”
Today H175s are in operation in the Netherlands,
the UK, Denmark, Thailand, Australia, Mexico and Hong Kong.
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