June 17, 2013
AgustaWestland signs multiple agreements on first day of Paris Air Show
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.
AgustaWestland signed an agreement with Shanghai Zenisun Investment Group of China which is expected to lead to the appointment of Shanghai Zenisun as an official non-exclusive distributor for AgustaWestland civil helicopters in China. The agreement includes a commitment for the AgustaWestland Family of new generation helicopters comprising five AW169 light intermediate 4.5-tonne class, five AW139 intermediate twin and five AW189 8-tonne class twin engine helicopters.
Nirma Group of India took delivery of a second GrandNew light twin helicopter. The GrandNew with a full VIP cabin interior fit, provides passengers with an outstanding level of comfort. Nirma Group will also benefit from a three-year support contract with OSS Air. OSS Air are appointed as the distributor of AgustaWestland commercial helicopters in India and also an AgustaWestland Authorised Service Centre.
OHI Group has signed a contract for an additional two AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopters. These aircraft, which will be assembled at the AgustaWestland plant in Philadelphia, USA, will be used for offshore transport operations. This latest contract, part of a multi-year agreement, brings the total number of AW139 helicopters ordered by OHI Group to nine, with the first four aircraft already in service and three additional aircraft scheduled to be delivered in the coming months. OHI Group also has plans to further expand its fleet of AgustaWestland helicopters, including possibly adding new models to its fleet. OHI Group’s helicopters are operated in Brazil and other regions of the world supporting its oil and gas industry clients.
Samsung Techwin Co. of South Korea, has ordered two more AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters. The helicopters will join Samung Techwin’s two others AW139s delivered in 2009 and 2010 to perform corporate transport and utility missions. These two additional aircraft are planned to be delivered in the second half of 2014.
AgustaWestland has delivered a GrandNew Full Flight Simulator (FFS) to Rega of Switzerland. The simulator has been certified by the Swiss National Aviation Authority (SFOCA). Rega signed a contract for the provision of a state-of-the-art advanced simulator in 2011 to meet the training requirements for its new fleet of Da Vinci and GrandNew light twin helicopters. The FFS, designed and produced by AgustaWestland in Sesto Calende in Italy, was successfully certified by the Swiss National Aviation Authority (SFOCA) in February 2013 and is now fully operational. Under the contract AgustaWestland is also providing technical support and assistance in maintaining the device.