AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that VTB Leasing has taken delivery of its AW139 medium twin helicopter. This aircraft will be used to perform corporate and passenger transport missions in the region of Moscow.
The event marks the delivery of the first AW139 sold in the Russian helicopter market where a total of six helicopters of this type have been ordered so far in just two years. Two of them have been purchased by STC Rossiya, the Russian operator in charge for managing the Presidential fleet, and are expected to be delivered by early 2012. The AW139 was selected after an extensive and in-depth analysis and it was recognized as the most suitable and reliable helicopter for the Russian environment and requirements.
Moreover, VTB Leasing's AW139 is also the first VVIP-configured aircraft of this model featuring the FIPS (Full Icing Protection System), which allows flights in known icing conditions with real all weather capability, meaning the aircraft will successfully accomplish the mission even in the most demanding conditions when other types would be confined to the hangar. Both the helicopter and the icing protection system recently received Russian certification and the AW139 is now the benchmark in its category to operate in the harsh environmental and weather conditions of Russia.
Emilio Dalmasso, Senior Vice President Commercial Business Unit, AgustaWestland said "We are proud to deliver the first AW139 sold in Russia to such a leading customer. Achieving operational readiness in the promising Russian market, with its impressive growth potential, is a significant milestone for the type which is set to provide unprecedented levels of performance, technology and operational effectiveness for today's and future requirements."
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