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Twin-engined helicopters for offshore transport

AgustaWestland Helicopters : 26 September, 2013  (Application Story)
AgustaWestland signs contract for three helicopters of up to 8 tonnes for use in civilian applications including offshore transport
Twin-engined helicopters for offshore transport

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the signature of a contract for three aircraft from the AgustaWestland Family of new generation helicopters including one AW139 intermediate and two AW189 8 ton class twin engine helicopters. Furthermore contracts for two AW169 light intermediate helicopters out of a total of five preliminary agreements for the same type have also been signed .

The aircraft will be operated by subsidiaries of the Avincis Group for various applications. In particular, Bond Aviation will operate the two AW189s for offshore transport missions in UK in the North Sea, while the AW139 and the two AW169s will be used for emergency medical operations in Sicily (Italy). These contracts are part of a Framework Agreement with Avincis Group which could see the purchase of a total of 16 helicopters comprising all three models from the Family of new generation helicopters, namely the AW169/AW139/AW189, for a range of applications including offshore transport, EMS/SAR and utility, primarily focusing on the UK and Italian EMS markets for the AW169.

Emilio Dalmasso, Senior Vice President Commercial Business Unit, AgustaWestland said: ‘This latest contract as well as the framework agreement signed by Avincis Group further strengthens our long established partnership with this major customer. These new achievements are also another testament to the success of the AgustaWestland’s Family of new generation helicopters and the unparalleled benefits it generates for large fleet operators covering a wide spectrum of applications. We are proud to have such a leading player in helicopter operations as one of our major customers who will take advantage from the Family concept’.   

Avincis Group’s Director of Fleet & Engineering, Martin Whittaker said: “We are delighted to have secured a framework agreement with for up to 16 new helicopters for our global fleet.  Every day lives and livelihoods depend on the missions we fly, and AgustaWestland is an important partner in our future growth.”

State-of-the-art technology, outstanding performance, low operating costs and the only helicopter in its class to meet the latest safety standards, have made the AW139 the helicopter of choice in the medium twin market. Nearly 730 AW139s have been sold in more almost 60 countries to around 200 customers for many roles.

The twin engine AW189 helicopter is optimized for the long range offshore transport and SAR missions. The spacious cabin is configured with 16 seats as standard with the option for a high density 18 seat layout or a long range 12 seat configuration. More than 80 AW189s have already been sold to customers worldwide.

These two models, together with the AW169 4.5 ton class light intermediate helicopter, are part of the AgustaWestland family of new generation helicopters which possess the same high performance flight characteristics and safety features as well as sharing a common cockpit layout, design philosophy and maintenance concept. This commonality will allow more effective operations for customers operating helicopter fleets across the 4 to 8.5 tonne categories.

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