The fifth Leonardo Helicopters AW169 was delivered to Babcock Mission Critical Services Italia in November … and registered as I-LHCA. This new helicopter entered into service a few days ago from the AREU Regione Lombardia HEMS base of Bresso (MI) as “Horus 4”, replacing the previously operated AW139 … thanks to Diego GARAVAGLIA for these first great images taken during an active rescue in Cuggiono (MI), December 2017.
Leonardo Helicopters AW189 Fire & Rescue Department of Malaysia I-EASO … performing pre-delivery flights. December 2017.
One of the very first Agusta-Bell AB412SP produced in Italy … this helicopter, construction number 25602, was originally delivered to EliSud as I-LEMA during August 1989 … after very few years of duty in Southern Italy was returned to Agusta Factory and subsequently leased to Sweden Army as 11338 for approximately two years (1993-1994). After the lease in Sweden “25602” returned in Italy and was finally registered as I-MAGM. Always wearing the original EliSud color scheme was than bought by Elilario Italia and operated for several years on behalf of 118 Regione Lombardia – Elisoccorso Como. This helicopter was, for a long time, a very well known machine flying in our skies. With the arrival of the new AW139s within Elilario Italia (Inaer Italia) fleet, I-MAGM was used as a backup machine for a while, and, afterward, sold to Inaer Spain in the second half of 2008 as EC-KUV.
Thanks to several contributors for the images inserted today into I-BEPP AgustaWestland AW139 data sheet … the helicopter is currently operated from Babcock Mission Critical Services Italia on behalf of AREU Regione Lombardia – Elisoccorso Milano.
Airbus Helicopters EC145T2 Inaer Aviation Italia I-PEBZ … “Pelikan 1” operating on behalf of 118 Provincia Autonoma Bolzano – Alto Adige during an active rescue in Sarentino (BZ), August 2015.
PRESS RELEASE – 24 October 2017
Leonardo: AW139s to support Queensland Government’s helicopter fleet modernization programme.
- Order signed for two AW139s that will enter service by December 2018
- The aircraft will add to three AW139s already in service performing EMS/SAR missions
- Over 1000 AW139s have been ordered by more than 250 customers in nearly 70 countries to date
Rome, 24 October 2017 – Leonardo announced today that the Government of Queensland in Australia has placed an order for two additional AgustaWestland AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters. The aircrafts are expected to enter into service by December 2018 performing emergency medical services and search and rescue missions over land and sea. The AW139s will replace two older helicopter models as part of a fleet modernization programme and reduce maintenance costs.
With world leading capability, performance, ride quality and cabin space, the AW139 has been chosen for its ability to meet the Queensland Government’s operational requirements. These helicopters will add to three AW139s already in service with the Queensland Government, further strengthening the State’s air rescue capabilities and leveraging efficiencies in support, maintenance and training. The new aircraft will be operated by Queensland Government Air (QGAir), a division of the Queensland Government’s Public Safety Business Agency and will be based in Townsville. The aircraft will also serve across all of North Queensland and will be subject to fleet rotation between North and South when needed, in order to ensure the optimum coverage for the State’s community.
This latest order further reinforces the presence of Leonardo in the Australian market with more than 120 helicopters of various models ordered to date for both commercial, public utility and military roles. In the last few years the AW139 has proven to be the most successful EMS helicopter in Australia with 30 already in service with various customers.
Thanks to Giacomo PIPOLI for these first images of the latest delivered Babcock Mission Critical Services Italia Airbus Helicopters H145 [BK117D2] ( c/n 20155 ) registered I-AHTD ... pictures taken at Bresso Airfield (MI), October 2017.
Thanks to Marco BIANCHI for this image of the Babcock Mission Critical Services Italia Leonardo Helicopters AW139 I-ROAV … operating on behalf of AREU Regione Lombardia Elisoccorso Como, while taking off from Golasecca (VA), October 2017.
Airbus Helicopters EC145T2 Babcock Mission Critical Services Italia I-SUEM … “Falco” operating on behalf of SUEM 118 Regione Veneto – Dolomiti Emergency. Pieve di Cadore (BL), October 2017.