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Saudi Aramco Takes Delivery of A109 Fleet

 - December 11, 2006, 5:37 AM

Delivery of the seven AgustaWestland A109 Power helicopters ordered by Saudi Aramco are almost complete, with the last aircraft due for acceptance by the end of the year.

The deal continues AgustaWestland’s commercial success story in the Middle East in recent years, with sales of Super Lynx 300, NH90, AB139 and A109 Powers among recently ordered products. More than 500 helicopters supplied by the UK/Italian manufacturer are now in service in the region, 50 in the UAE.

Saudi Aramco will use its A109s to support oil field drilling, exploration and security. The aircraft will also be used to provide VIP and medical evacuation services in eastern Saudi Arabia and throughout the Arabian Gulf.

The A109s are equipped with the MaxViz EVS1000 enhanced vision system, which enables operations in low-light conditions. The installation is claimed to be the only one on a helicopter certified for taxi operations.