Gulf Helicopters' AW139 Fleet Achieve 20,000 Hour Milestone

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the AW139 medium twin helicopter fleet operated by Gulf Helicopters of Qatar has achieved the milestone of 20,000 flying hours. Gulf Helicopter is one of the largest AW139 operators worldwide and a prime player in the Middle East with 12 helicopters of this type already in service and five more to be delivered. Gulf Helicopters first ordered the AW139 in 2007 as part of its fleet renewal and expansion plans and the aircraft has been performing offshore transport missions. Gulf Helicopters is also an authorized service centre for AgustaWestland for their AW139s and also one of the first helicopters companies to have its own full flight simulator for the AW139 for its own operations and third party use. Bruno Spagnolini, Chief Executive Officer, AgustaWestland, said "We congratulate Gulf Helicopters on achieving the milestone of 20,000 hours in such a short time. It is a particularly notable one given the demanding environmental conditions the fleet is operating in. We are totally committed to supporting the demands of offshore helicopter operators worldwide and look forward to further expanding our partnership with Gulf Helicopters and to celebrate future major operational milestones."

Source: AgustaWestland, A Finmeccanica Company (Milan: FNC.MI)
Date: Nov 16, 2011