AgustaWestland receives West African AW139 orders


AgustaWestland has received four new orders for its AW139 helicopter in West Africa and plans to establish a regional service centre in the area.

AgustaWestland in a statement on Tuesday said that the orders came from four undisclosed government customers, which would use the helicopters for transporting passengers.
“The AW139 confirms its versatility as the intermediate choice for such a mission thanks to undisputed comfort and performance. Many heads of state and of government have chosen it expressly because of these features,” AgustaWestland said.

The company added that its growing fleet in the region would soon be supported by a new Authorized Service Centre, which would soon bring AgustaWestland services even closer to the numerous customers who will benefit from its maintenance and spares facilities.

AgustaWestland in September 2012 appointed Caverton Helicopters in Nigeria as an authorised service centre for its AW139. Caverton flies half a dozen supporting the oil and gas industry in Nigeria.

This week’s orders bring the total number of AW139 sales in Africa to 60. They are operated by a mix of civil, paramilitary and military customers. For example in June 2013 AgustaWestland announced that the Senegalese Air Force had ordered a single AW139. Libya from 2010 took delivery of five AW139s for its Libyan General Security (police and justice) department and Egypt in April 2012 received two AW139s in search and rescue configuration for its Air Force. The first South African AW139 was delivered in late 2006.

The AW139 can cruise at 306 km/h over nearly a thousand kilometres. To date, orders for almost 840 AW139 helicopters have been placed by over 220 customers from almost 70 countries for roles such as VIP/corporate transport, passenger transport, law enforcement, fire fighting, offshore transport, search and rescue, emergency medical services, disaster relief and maritime patrol.

AgustWestland said that the AW139 is the only helicopter in its class to meet the latest civil safety standards and features Cat. A (Class 1) performance, a 30 minute run dry capable main gearbox and an advanced Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS).