The first AW119Ke single-turbine helicopter with a Versace interior has been ordered by a private customer in Russia, AgustaWestland (Booth No. 7550) announced here at EBACE. It has a six-seat cabin and will be flown in VIP/corporate operations. The manufacturer claims to have sold 14 commercial helicopters of various types in Russia.
The second of three AgustaWestland AW139s that CHC Helicopter will use for search-and-rescue operations off the south coast of England on behalf of the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) was delivered to the agency’s Lee-on-
Solent base last month.
AgustaWestland has delivered the first two of its helicopters fitted with interiors styled by Italian fashion design house Versace. One aircraft, ordered by Romania-based loan company Tiriac Air, is a Grand light twin featuring a black-and-white interior and paint scheme. The second one, an AW109 Power, has a gray interior and was ordered by Italy’s Elimarca. AgustaWestland and Versace are working on an interior for the AW139.
Aero Toy Store of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. is making helicopter cabin finish work a growing part of its completion and refurbishment business. At Heli-Expo 2008 in Houston, the company displayed a new Agusta-Westland AW139 equipped with Aerospace Concepts International’s Cocoon noise-reduction package.
Servizi Elicotteristici Italini (SEI) has been a primary source of helicopter cabin completion and refurbishment for European manufacturer AgustaWestland, so when AgustaWestland decided to expand its helicopter assembly line in Philadelphia, SEI executives decided to move west. SEI of America, as the new company is called, opened a 12,000-sq-ft hangar at Philadelphia Northeast Airport late last year.
Aerolite Max Bucher recently delivered its first Eurocopter EC 135 interior for a corporate customer. The interior features two-tone leather executive sets, customized cabinetry and a separate baggage compartment of complementary design. The modular combination of up to five seats and two cabinets allows a variety of cabin configurations appropriate for working, meetings and passenger comfort.
Bell Helicopter Textron announced the recent deliveries of three helicopters–a Bell 412, 206B-3 and 430–to customers in vastly different industries and took orders for two 407s in September. The Fort Worth, Texas-based manufacturer also inked a deal at the NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla., last month on the sale of an AB139, jointly developed with AgustaWestland.
Servizi Elicotteristici Italiani (SEI), the longtime preferred interiors provider for AgustaWestland helicopters in Italy, has opened its new U.S. facility at Northeast Philadelphia Airport. According to Massimo Isidori, operations at the 12,000-sq-ft hangar are currently focused on helicopter maintenance but interior completions on executive, EMS and law enforcement helicopters are expected to begin “full force” this summer.
Italy-based manufacturer AgustaWestland held its first Italian Corporate Pilot Conference in January. Almost all of the 50 pilot attendees fly AgustaWestland helicopters, the company said. Operational, regulatory, product and safety matters were among the topics under discussion. An immediate follow-on to the event was the formation of the AgustaWestland Italian Corporate Pilot Club.
The uncertain U.S. economy had little effect on sales and attendance here at Heli-Expo’08. A record-setting 16,829 rotorcraft enthusiasts had attended the show through yesterday afternoon, a figure certain to provide a boost to the industry’s confidence in the health of the worldwide helicopter market.