HoverFly of Italy has signed a contract for an AW169 light intermediate twin engine helicopter to perform passenger transport missions plus a comprehensive package of support and training services. This aircraft will replace an ageing AS365 helicopter providing the operator with greater mission capability and the latest safety features. The AW169 is scheduled to be delivered in mid-2015 and will operate from HoverFly’s base near Rome. This contract marks the entrance of the all new AW169 helicopter into the Italian passenger transport market and further expands the success of the type in Italy, where it has already achieved significant success for other roles such as emergency medical service (EMS). Success of the AW169 in the passenger transport and VIP/corporate market has been steadily growing as the aircraft nears certification, particularly in South American and European markets.