Sikorsky Global Helicopters in Coatesville will receive for customization the first S-76C++ civil helicopter airframe built in China under an agreement between Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and China Aviation Industry Corp. II.

Sikorsky Aircraft, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., and China Aviation, parent company of Changhe, announced the completion of that airframe today. Additional frames, being made in Changhe's factory southwest of Shanghai, are scheduled to be delivered in 2010.

Changhe is a supplier for Sikorsky's three largest commercial helicopter programs. The S-76 helicopter series by Sikorsky Aircraft has long been the aircraft of choice for Fortune 100 companies and offshore oil support operations.    - Diane Mastrull