AgustaWestland Receives New Order for the AW169 in Australia
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the sale of a further VIP-transport configured AW169 light intermediate helicopter in Australia. The contract was signed with an undisclosed customer during the opening day at the Avalon Airshow on February 26th. This order brings to four the number of popular Australian businessmen selecting the new generation AW169 twin engine helicopter to meet their VIP transport requirement. This latest helicopter will perform its missions in New South Wales.
Emilio Dalmasso, Senior Vice President Commercial Business Unit, AgustaWestland said “This latest achievement testifies once more how popular the all new AW169 has become among VIP customers in Australia. We are proud to provide our contribution to the future success of this latest leading customer supporting his VIP transport needs with a product which represents a significant step forward compared to anything today offered to the market in its category in terms of performance, flight and mission technology, comfort and cabin space, safety standard and ease of maintenance/reduced operating costs”.
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This order further expands the success of this all new model in Australasia, where the type has already been chosen by various operators particularly for VIP/corporate and emergency medical service missions, and continues the growing success of the AW169 in the global market. A total of over 70 AW169s have already been purchased by more than 30 customers in over 10 countries worldwide to perform a range of roles. The programme development is on schedule with all four prototypes now in flight and certification is expected in 2014.
A versatile, new generation twin engine light intermediate category helicopter, the AW169 has been designed in response to the growing market demand for an aircraft that delivers high performance, meets all the latest safety standards and has multi-role capabilities. The 4.5 tonne AW169 incorporates several new technology features to provide the highest levels of safety and operational benefits for its customers. New generation technologies are incorporated in the rotor system, engines, avionics, transmission and electric power generation and distribution systems. The AW169 is set to be the most advanced and cost effective helicopter in its class for EMS, SAR, law enforcement, corporate and offshore transport missions. The AW169 is part of the AgustaWestland family of new generation helicopters that includes the AW139 and AW189 models, which posses the same high performance flight characteristics and safety features as well as sharing a common cockpit layout, design philosophy and maintenance concept. This commonality will allow more effective operations for customers operating helicopter fleets across the 4 to 8.5 tonne categories.
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Source : AgustaWestland, A Finmeccanica Company (Milan: FNC.MI)