ZHUHAI, China—Bell Helicopter is preparing to support assembly of the Bell 407GXP in China as part of a prospective sale of 100 of the rotorcraft.                                                                       

Bell’s partners and customers in the deal are Shaanxi Aviation Industry Development, which belongs to the provincial government of Shaanxi, and two-year-old general aviation operator Xian Helicopter.

The U.S. helicopter maker says it will work with the partners in their establishment of a company for the assembly and resale of 407GXPs to Chinese government and government-related customers.

“As a part of this framework agreement, the parties have agreed to negotiate a five-year purchase agreement for the purchase by the new company of 100 Bell 407GXP helicopters focused on several missions, including helicopter emergency medical services and law enforcement,” Bell said in a statement issued at Airshow China, held here Nov. 1-6.

Shaanxi Aviation Development and Xian Helicopter envision setting up the plant at Xian, which is already one of the most important aeronautical industry cities in China. It is the home of Avic’s large airplane business, Avic Aircraft, which encompasses Xian Aircraft.

The availability of a local talent pool is likely to help Bell and its partners in staffing the assembly operation.

Separately, Bell has authorized a third customer service facility in China, signing up Zhenjiang Aerochine Aviation, which has distributed the company’s products since 2009.

Zhenjiang Aerochine has a 4,830-square-meter (5,200-sq-ft.) facility there offering non-specialized maintenance capabilities for Bell 407 aircraft. It is also a certified Part 145 repair station approved by the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

The company is based in Zhenjiang, a city in the eastern province of Jiangsu. Bell’s other two authorized service centers are Shanghai KingWing General Aviation and Chongqing General Aviation.