For the first time in North America, Italian OEM AgustaWestland (Booth No. 6937) is displaying here at Heli-Expo its complete family of new-generation helicopters, a lineup comprising the AW169, AW139 and AW189, along with the PZL-Swidnik SW-4, which is making its debut Heli-Expo appearance. The three new-generation helicopters cover the four- to eight-ton categories and share a common cockpit layout, design philosophy and maintenance concept.
“The market success of the AW139 and the initial market response to the AW169 and AW189 has been outstanding, confirming our belief in the family concept and the market-leading capabilities of these helicopters,” said AgustaWestland CEO Daniele Romiti.
More than 750 AW139 helicopters have been sold for missions ranging from offshore to VIP transport. The model on display here is configured for search-and-rescue operations. The AW189, newest member of the family, is configured with its 16-seat offshore transportation interior while the AW169, marking its Heli-Expo debut, features the eight-seat offshore transport cabin. The Swidnik SW-4, a light single-engine turbine configured for up to five occupants, is intended as an entry-level rotorcraft.
AgustaWestland will also demonstrate here at Heli-Expo some of its new training systems and customer support services, and in another first will conduct prearranged customer demo flights with the AW609 tiltrotor, as well as with the AW189, at the Heli-Expo demo site at Anaheim’s Angel Stadium.
“I invite everyone visiting Heli-Expo to come and see our family,” Romiti said.