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Safran Inks Contracts with Chinese group GDAT

During Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to France, and in the presence of Safran CEO Olivier Andriès and GDAT Group Chairman Peter Jiang, Safran Helicopter Engines signed support-by-the-hour contracts with GDAT, to support the Makila engines powering its fleet of Airbus H225 helicopters, as well as the Arrano engines powering GD Helicopter Finance (GDHF) H160 helicopters to be operated by GDAT, which will shortly enter service. 
These two SBH-type contracts cover in-service support and MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) for 140 Arrano 1A and Makila 2A1 engines. SBH is Safran Helicopter Engines’ maintenance-by-the-hour service.
These contracts will be managed by Safran Helicopter Engines China, the leading helicopter engine supplier in the country, with more than 500 engines in service. In China, one out of every two helicopters is powered by Safran engines, either produced by Safran or under license.
“We are particularly proud that a leading helicopter company like GDAT Group has placed its trust in us for the operational follow-up and MRO of its engines. GDAT Group has an ambitious fleet development strategy, and we’re going to support them with the best possible services for their success,” said Cédric Goubet, Safran Helicopter Engines CEO.

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