Helicopter commuter service set to take off
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.