LCI Signs Further Contract for 10 New AgustaWestland Helicopters
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, announces a further contract win with Lease Corporation International (LCI) for three AW169, five AW139 and two AW189 helicopters. The aircraft, ranging from the light intermediate AW169 to the medium AW189 and their precursor AW139, will be used by LCI’s helicopter division to offer its customers modern aircraft ready for offshore transport, search and rescue, aero-medical transport and other missions.
This latest contract expands on the number of firm orders placed by LCI in 2012 and confirms its confidence in AgustaWestland’s capabilities and products. LCI also reconfirms its commitment to the AW169 programme ahead of civil certification, which is on schedule for summer 2014. Deliveries of AW139s to LCI are taking place ahead of schedule with the handover of three aircraft earlier this year and two more scheduled for the second half of 2013.
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LCI and its customers will benefit from the commonality in design across the AW139, AW169 and AW189 family of new generation helicopters. As well as possessing the same high performance flight characteristics and safety features, the helicopters share a common cockpit layout, design philosophy and maintenance concept that will allow more effective operations for customers operating helicopter fleets of more than one type.
Crispin Maunder, Executive Chairman of LCI, commented: “The AgustaWestland AW139/169/189 helicopter family are market leaders in their respective categories and LCI is delighted to be able to meet the increasing demand from both our current and new customers to lease these fine machines.”
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Source : AgustaWestland, A Finmeccanica Company (Milan: FNC.MI)