ITC-Aerospace Orders Two AW169 Helicopters
- Marking The Type's Entrance Into The Japanese Market
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that ITC-Aerospace Inc. of Japan has placed an order for two AW169 light intermediate helicopters. The aircraft will be leased to private operators. The contract was signed today in the presence of ITC-Aerospace Inc.’s President and CEO Tomoo Nakayama, during a ceremony held at Japan Aerospace 2012 in Nagoya. This contract marks the entrance of the AW169 helicopter into the Japanese market. ITC-Aerospace Inc. already operates AW109 Power light twin helicopters.
Emilio Dalmasso, Senior Vice President Commercial Business Unit, AgustaWestland commented after the ceremony “We are proud that ITC Aerospace Inc., with whom we have established a strong partnership since 1995, has selected the AW169 thereby making it the first customer for the type in Japan.”
He went on to say “This early success in the Japanese market for the only new generation helicopter in its class in decades here at Japan Aerospace supports our view that the AW169 will achieve significant sales in Japan in the years to come for a wide range of applications.”
Global Military and Government Helicopter Market Forecast to 2023
This latest sale continues the global sales success of this model, which has already been ordered by customers in North America, Asia, Middle East, Europe and Australasia. More than 70 AW169 helicopters have now been ordered for a wide range of missions including corporate transport, air ambulance, law enforcement, utility and offshore transport. With two prototypes already flying, a third prototype expected to take to the air for the first time soon and a fourth prototype planned in 2013, the AW169 is on schedule to achieve certification in 2014.
Source : AgustaWestland, A Finmeccanica Company (Milan: FNC.MI)