HELI-EXPO 2016 – PRESS RELEASE
Shizuoka Air Commuter Corporation orders another Grandnew EMS helicopter for new Niigata Prefecture Doctor-Heli base.
- Aircraft to enter service in fall this year, expanding the presence of GrandNew in Japan for emergency medical service
- More than 80 AgustaWestland AW109 legacy of helicopters sold to Japanese customer so far for various roles
- Over 150 helicopters of various types sold by the Finmeccanica Helicopter Division in Japan to date for a range of roles
Rome – 1 MARCH 2016 – Finmeccanica announced today through its Helicopter Division and Kaigai Corporation of Japan that Shizuoka Air Commuter Corporation has placed an order for an additional AgustaWestland GrandNew light twin helicopter to perform emergency medical service (EMS) missions in Niigata Prefecture. The aircraft is expected to enter service in the Fall of 2016.
This latest purchase is part of the Doctor-Heli system programme which is intended to provide modern airborne EMS coverage to all prefectures in Japan. The order further expands the presence of EMS-configured GrandNew helicopters in the Japanese market and continues the growing success of the GrandNew and AgustaWestland’s range of AW109 legacy of helicopters in Japan, with more than 80 aircraft sold to perform a number of missions including EMS, law enforcement, executive/corporate transport and electronic newsgathering.
Note to editors on Shizuoka Air Commuter Corporation
Shizuoka Air Commuter Corporation, in joint venture with Kagoshima International Aviation, was awarded a Doctor Heli contract from Nagaoka Red Cross Hospital in Niigata Prefecture offering the GrandNew after a rigorous and comprehensive evaluation process, demonstrating its ability to meet the demanding mission and safety requirements. Shizuoka Air Commuter Corporation’s GrandNew features a comprehensive EMS configuration with a cabin layout able to accommodate one litter plus four medical attendants or two litters plus two medical attendants. The aircraft is also fitted with skis and ice detector. Shizuoka Air Commuter Corporation, a subsidiary of Suzuyo & Co., is an aircraft operating company located at Shizuoka Heliport. Established in 1991, it provides a variety of operational services, such as disaster relief support for Shizuoka Prefecture, electronic news gathering for local broadcasting companies and charter transport. Its capabilities also include aircraft maintenance, repair and modification services.