Airbus Helicopters has delivered an H215 to China’s State Grid General Aviation Company (SGGAC), the type’s first operator in the country.

SGGAC will use the helicopter to support construction and maintenance along high voltage power lines, says Airbus Helicopters.

“The H215 will join the company’s existing fleet of 15 Airbus helicopters, comprised of H125s, an H120 and an H225,” it adds.

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“This addition will enable SGGAC to perform new missions such as cable repair, cable laying, cargo transportation, and power line pylons constructions in difficult-to-reach areas.”

SGGAC’s new H215 has a cargo sling, hoists, weather radar, and wire strike protection. Its 17 seats have oxygen jackets for high altitude work.