He­li­copter com­muter ser­vice set to take off

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

A he­li­copter com­muter ser­vice be­tween Guangzhou, Shen­zhen and Zhuhai, three ma­jor busi­ness cities in Guang­dong prov­ince, will make its maiden flight on Thurs­day, the first of its kind on the Chi­nese main­land.

A pri­vately owned gen­eral avi­a­tion com­pany based in Shen­zhen will op­er­ate the ser­vice and charge 4,999 yuan ($770) for a sin­gle ticket.

Air­bus He­li­copters Inc, a unit of Air­bus Group SE, said on Dec 25 that China will buy 100 H135 he­li­copters over the next 10 years as part of a deal to set up a fi­nal as­sem­bly line in Qing­dao, Shan­dong prov­ince. US com­peti­tor Boe­ing Co an­nounced in Septem­ber that it would build a fin­ish­ing plant in China.

The France-based com­pany said the deal gives it an edge in China, one of the fastest­grow­ing global mar­kets for he­li­copters. The deal is worth about 1 bil­lion eu­ros ($1.1 bil­lion), ac­cord­ing to Reuters.

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