AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that Specialist Aviation Services has signed a contract today for six AW169 helicopters including firm orders and options. The contract was signed by Henk Schaeken, Group Managing Director of Specialist Aviation Services at the Farnborough International Airshow. The helicopters will amongst others be used for emergency services missions with deliveries commencing in 2015. Contracts for more than 60 AW169s have now been signed by customers worldwide since its commercial launch in February 2011.
Emilio Dalmasso, Senior Vice President Commercial Business Unit, AgustaWestland, said “We are delighted that Specialist Aviation Services, a leader in the UK emergency services market, has chosen the new generation AW169 to meet its future requirements as it moves up to a 4.5 tonne category helicopter. We believe the AW169 with its new technology, exceptional performance and the latest safety features is set to become the class leader and the selection of the aircraft by Specialist Aviation Services confirms that the AW169 is ideally suited for a wide range of parapublic missions.”
Henk Schaeken, Group Managing Director, Specialist Aviation Services, said “The AW169 perfectly matches the developments in specific parts of our market and supports the views we have for the future direction and markets of the company. The expanded capability and versatility offered by the AW169 and the support provided by AgustaWestland were key to our decision. We plan to engage our customers in the development phase of the aircraft to ensure it fully meets their requirements and we look forward to working with AgustaWestland to introduce the aircraft into our fleet.”
Source: AgustaWestland, A Finmeccanica Company (Milan: FNC.MI)
Date: Jul 11, 2012