AgustaWestland AW139

February 25, 2014 - 8:00am
AgustaWestland will begin assembling the AW169 twin at its Philadelphia facility in 2015 and plans to ramp production of that model up to 20 per year beginning in 2017. The AW169 is suited to support a wide range of missions including aerial escort, security operations, fire support and offshore operations.

AgustaWestland Philadelphia has experienced rapid growth in recent years and is planning for even more. The workforce at the plant has increased from 160 in 2005 to 560 today and workers there assemble the AW139 medium twin and the AW119Kx single for deliveries in North and South America. Since 2005, AW Philadelphia revenues have grown by $500 million to $717 million in 2012, about 18 percent of AW’s total revenues, when the plant assembled 36 AW139s and 12 AW119s. And that production is growing.

February 25, 2014 - 7:20am
AW189

AgustaWestland gained EASA approval for its new AW189 medium-twin helicopter on February 7. The company said that delivery of the first two AW189s in offshore configuration to Bristow Group was “imminent.” More than 100 AW189s are on order. To date, Bristow has placed a firm order for 11 AW189s for use on a UK search-and-rescue contract and for offshore operations. Other large fleet customers include Gulf Helicopters and Era, with 15 orders each.

February 24, 2014 - 9:40pm

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.

February 22, 2014 - 11:15am
CHC’s oil-and-gas, search-and-rescue and EMS sectors saw a slight increase in revenues in its FY2014, while overall revenues at the company decreased by 1 percent. The decrease was attributed to lower availability of the EC225 fleet and the higher costs needed to return those helicopters to service following imposition of operating restrictions after two of the model ditched in 2012.

CHC Group is going public and has begun an initial public offering (IPO) of 29,412,000 of its ordinary shares. The company, parent of CHC Helicopter, will make all of these shares available in the IPO, which is expected to price at $16 to $18 per share. If the underwriters sell more than the allotted shares, they will be able to buy up to 4,411,800 additional ordinary shares at the IPO price, less underwriting discounts, according to CHC. The company’s symbol on the New York Stock Exchange will be HELI.

February 13, 2014 - 2:00pm

AgustaWestland gained EASA approval for its new AW189 medium-twin helicopter on February 7. The company said that delivery of the first two AW189s in offshore configuration to Bristow Group is “imminent.”

More than 100 AW189s are on order. To date, Bristow has placed a firm order for 11 AW189s for use on a UK search-and-rescue contract and for offshore operations. Other large fleet customers include Gulf Helicopters and Era, with 15 orders each.

February 12, 2014 - 2:30am
Vincenzo Alaimo, managing director for AgustaWestland in Malaysia, signed a deal for 11 AW139s with Westar CEO Y. Bhg. General Tan Sri Muhammad Ismail Jamaluddin.

Malaysian operator Weststar Aviation Services yesterday ordered an additional 10 AgustaWestland AW139 intermediate twin helicopters. The company, which will use the aircraft to support offshore oil and gas industry activity, will increase its AW139 fleet to 34 once deliveries are complete.

February 1, 2014 - 4:00am
helicopter montage

The rarefied offshore energy market continues to be the prime driver for development of new civil helicopters, but the training and entry-level market is also heating up, with Bell and others announcing or hinting at new models. Various studies predict that worldwide civil helicopter production will double between now and 2020 in terms of overall sales value as OEMs focus on delivering larger and more expensive helicopters.

November 19, 2013 - 11:40am

AgustaWestland received an order for 15 AW189s from Qatar-based Gulf Helicopters at the Dubai Airshow yesterday. The first two aircraft are slated for delivery next year and all aircraft should achieve operational readiness in 2017. Gulf Helicopters already operates AW139s. Mohamed Al Mohannadi, CEO of Gulf Helicopters, identified the longer range and “perfect size” of the AW189 as factors in the company’s choice.

November 18, 2013 - 12:59pm
AW189 order signing

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.

November 18, 2013 - 10:10am

“The Middle East remains a very important market for AgustaWestland,” said CEO Daniele Romiti on the eve of this year’s Dubai Airshow. “It is a challenging market, where personal relationships have a great importance,” he added.

 
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