Life Flight Network Surpasses 10,000 Flight Hours, Reaching Landmark Achievement in AW119Kx Fleet

Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland announced today that Life Flight Network of the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West United States has exceeded 10,000 flight hours in their fleet of AW119Kx life-saving EMS (Emergency Medical Service) helicopters, just two years after initial deliveries to the customer and three years after the aircraft was outfitted with a glass cockpit and unveiled to customers and industry. Life Flight Network has now taken delivery of 19 AW119Kx helicopters, including two in June of 2015.

Full execution of Life Flight Network’s contractwill bring the total number of AW119Kx helicopters operated by Life Flight Network to 21,reinforcing the critical care transportation network’s confidence in the aircraft, its capabilities, and the support provided by AgustaWestland. Integrating the Garmin G1000HTM flight deck system into the proven AW119 platform, certifying the new avionics suite, and delivering the next-generation helicopter to customers in the United States, Brazil, Chile, Australia, and other nationsover the course of two years was a testament to the success of the AgustaWestland design engineering and production teams and has contributed to the strength of the aircraft across all market segments.

“Reaching this milestone means we’ve been able to transport more patients, and ultimately, save more lives,” said Michael Griffiths, CEO of Life Flight Network. “The collaborative relationship between Life Flight Network and AgustaWestland has truly been an achievement on the part of both organizations, leading to our operational success across the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West.”

Source: AgustaWestland, A Finmeccanica Company (Milan: FNC.MI)
Date: Oct 21, 2015