AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Kaan Air has signed an additional preliminary order for one AW169 light intermediate twin-engine helicopter and a contract for one AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter for VIP/corporate missions. The contracts follow the one signed by the customer just two months ago for two AW169s and one AW139, highlighting the prominence of the AW139 in the Turkish VIP/corporate transport market and the growing success of the new generation AW169 in Turkey.
The rapid success of the AW139 and the initial response of the Turkish market to the new AW169 provide is a result of their outstanding performance and suitability for the demanding Turkish operating environment. AgustaWestland sees significant future prospects for the AW139 and AW169, as well as its other commercial products in Turkey, where there is strong market demand.
AgustaWestland is the market leader in Turkey with more than 60% market share of the turbine commercial helicopter market in recent years, achieved with a significant contribution from the distributor Kaan Air.
Currently there are three AW139s operating in Turkey where the aircraft's high performance, cabin size and modern safety features are recognised as key advantages over the competition. A fourth AW139 will be delivered to a VIP customer soon.
With three aircraft already in flight test with over 100 flight hours accomplished and a fourth prototype scheduled to join the programme in early 2013, the AW169 programme is on schedule to achieve civil certification in 2014 with deliveries commencing in 2015.
The AW169 cabin can accommodate up to 10 passengers or up to seven passengers in VIP configuration. The AW169 can be equipped with a cabin noise and vibration reduction system as well as a range of advanced in-flight entertainment and cabin lighting systems. When combined with the finest hand crafted materials the AW169 cabin will offer outstanding levels of comfort for passengers.
The AW169 is powered by two 1000 shp class PW210A turboshaft engines enabling the aircraft to cruise at more than 140 knots and provide vertical Cat.A/Class 1 capability as maximum all up weight, even in hot conditions. The AW169 is being certified in accordance with EASA CS-29 / FAR Part 29 latest Amendments and will be the only helicopter in its class to meet the very latest safety standards.
Source: AgustaWestland, A Finmeccanica Company (Milan: FNC.MI)
Date: Dec 4, 2012