AgustaWestland (Chalet P22) received an order for 15 of its new AW189 helicopters from Gulf Helicopters of Qatar here at the Dubai Airshow yesterday. The first two aircraft are due to be delivered in 2014 and all aircraft should achieve operational readiness in 2017.
Gulf Helicopters is already an operator of AW139s. Mohamed Al Mohannadi, CEO of Gulf Helicopters, said, “The experience of operating, maintaining and managing the AW139 in the Middle East, Africa, South Asia and Europe over 6 years with 15 units in our fleets has helped [us] in taking the decision to purchase the AW189 eight-ton class.” He emphasised the longer range and “perfect size” of the AW189. First deliveries of the new type are due to begin later this year.
Meanwhile another AW139 operator, Dubai Airwing, has ordered one AW189 for VIP transport, and the Dubai Police is to operate five AW169s for law enforcement, emergency medical services and as VIP transports. Both contracts were announced here at the Dubai Airshow yesterday.