Eurocopter (Booth 7050) has received orders from China’s State Grid General Aviation Co. (SGGAC) for two AS350 B3e AStars and one EC225 . They will be used not only to support the country’s electric grid development but also for other airlift missions. “The SGGAC is growing its helicopter fleet and capabilities,” said general manager Zou Ben Guo.
Tibet is already home to the world’s highest-altitude airport–Qamdo Prefecture’s Bamda Airport, at 14,219 feet msl–but it plans this year to break ground on an even higher airport in Nagqu Prefecture. According to the Tibetan Branch of the China Civil Aviation Administration, the site of the new 670-acre airport is 334 feet higher than Bamda. It is expected to cost more than $280 million and will be ready for service within three years.