New Nigerian Presidential AW189 helicopter spotted


The Nigerian Air Force appears to be getting a new presidential helicopter, an AW189 from Italy’s Leonardo Helicopters.

A photo dated 2 March was taken in Italy of the aircraft (registration I-RAIW, apparently serial 40968) painted in the colours of the Nigerian Air Force’s Presidential Air Fleet.

This unit is based at Abuja/Nnamdi Azikiwe (Nigeria) and operates two Leonardo AW139 helicopters next to a fleet of fixed wing aircraft. It is not known yet how many AW189s have been ordered, but most probably just one, Scramble magazine reported.

The Presidential Air Fleet also operates a Cessna 550, a Falcon 900, a Boeing 737-700, two Falcon 7X jets and a Gulfstream G550.