AgustaWestland has appointed Caverton Helicopters in Nigeria as an authorised service centre for its AW139 intermediate helicopter, as it grows its presence in Africa – AgustaWestland has sold more than 150 helicopters to both commercial and government customers on the continent.
Caverton’s Service Centre, based in West Africa’s commercial hub Lagos, will provide maintenance and repair services and a spare parts inventory for the AW139.
Caverton is currently operating six AW139s performing offshore transport missions in support of the oil and gas industry in Nigeria and is planning to purchase additional AW139 helicopters for offshore and VIP transport operations. These orders for AW139s by Caverton have boosted the presence of AgustaWestland in Nigeria to approximately more than 30 helicopters of varying types being used in both commercial and government applications.
Designating Caverton Helicopters as an Authorized Service Centre for the AW139 in Nigeria is the latest step in AgustaWestland’s programme to enhance its global customer support services, the company said. This strategic choice brings the number of AgustaWestland Service Centres worldwide to over eighty, with a programme underway to continually expand this network of Service Centres.
Executive Vice Chairman of Caverton Helicopters, Adeniyi Makanjuola said, “We welcome the opportunity to have been appointed as an Authorized Service Centre, and we are confident that the breadth and depth of our service portfolio and local expertise will meet the regions’ needs, as the market expands. This designation, further cements our position as a wholly indigenous operator in the region working to global standards of industrial airworthiness and reliability.”
AgustaWestland exhibited its range of helicopters at the African Aerospace & Defence (AAD) 2012 exhibition outside Pretoria last week, displaying a mockup of the military AW149 multi-role helicopter and an AW139 in VIP/Corporate transport configuration.
The AW149, specifically designed as a military helicopter, was displayed in Africa for the first time at AAD. It is powered by two 2 000 shp class GE CT7-2E1 turbines with FADEC giving it a cruise speed of 150 knots (278 km/h). The AW149’s 11.2 m3 (395 ft3) cabin is capable of seating up to 18 troops or 12 troops with two door gunners.
Other AgustaWestland products offered to the African market include the Super Lynx 300, AW109 LUH, AW139, AW119Ke, and AW101.