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AgustaWestland Makes Strides into Chile, South Korea and Canada

 - March 7, 2011, 3:00 AM

AgustaWestland is expanding its global presence with deliveries in Chile, orders from the South Korean government and appointment of an independent sales representative in Canada.

The Finmeccanica company recently delivered an AW119Ke single-engine helicopter to Chilean operator Firefly. The delivery marks the entrance of the AW119Ke into the Chilean helicopter market, where it will be used as a corporate transport.

AgustaWestland had previously sold and delivered four law enforcement AW109 Power light twins to the Carabineros de Chile.

Along the Pacific Rim, the Republic of Korea has selected the AW139 for the Incheon fire department. In addition to firefighting chores, the helicopter will be used in emergency medical service, air rescue and transport missions. It will be equipped with belly-tank fire fighting equipment, a Bambi water bucket and a rescue hoist. The cabin will be configured to accommodate 12 passengers. Delivery is expected in 2012.

In the North American market, AgustaWestland has appointed charter operator London Air Services of Vancouver as its sales representative for Canada. The agreement represents one of the latest moves to further strengthen and expand AgustaWestland’s position in North America. London Air Charter operates three AW139s as part of its air charter fleet.