AgustaWestland AW139 Alidaunia I-LIDE … resting at Foggia Heliport, April 2017.
Great long-tele view of one of the latest delivered Guardia Costiera’s AgustaWestland AW139s registered MM81911 / 11-12 … approaching landing spot at Pescara Airport, April 2017.
LEONARDO PRESS RELEASE – 06 April 2017
PANAMA’S SENAN AW139 FLEET REACHES 5,000 FLIGHT HOUR MILESTONE.
- Moretti: “This milestone further reinforces the strength of the relationship between Leonardo and the Republic of Panama”
- Fleet of six AW139s supporting Servicio Nacional Aeronaval (SENAN) for dual-use operations including rescue, medical evacuation, coastal patrolling
- Additional two AW139s to join SENAN fleet in 2017
Leonardo announced today at LAAD in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, that the fleet of six AgustaWestland AW139s operated by Panama’s Servicio Nacional Aeronaval (SENAN) has achieved a 5,000 flight hour milestone.
This result has been achieved in less than four years since the first AW139 entered into service with SENAN in mid-2013. SENAN has benefited from Leonardo’s well-positioned service network in North and Central America, including support from a local service center in Panama, and spares support and comprehensive training solutions provided by Leonardo Helicopters’ Philadelphia facility.
“This milestone further reinforces the strength of the relationship between Leonardo and the Republic of Panama, as well as the high level of support provided to their fleet of government helicopters,” said Mauro Moretti, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Leonardo. “Additional deliveries of helicopters later this year will continue to build on the success of Leonardo in the Republic of Panama and are evidence of the solutions we can provide across all sectors to serve the country, its businesses, and its people.”
The current fleet of AW139s, configured for dual-use operations, has been routinely called upon to perform rescue missions, medical evacuations, and coastal patrolling. Two of the SENAN AW139s have recently deployed for further disaster relief efforts in Central America. An additional two AW139s fully configured for anti-smuggling and defense operations across Panama are expected to be delivered by the end of 2017.
SENAN also operates an EMS-configured GrandNew helicopter, noted for its ability to transport patients from remote locations with limited accessibility.
Heli-Expo 2017 PRESS RELEASE – 7 March 2017
Corporate and VIP operators across the Americas select AW139, AW169.
- AW139 and AW169 chosen as preferred platform by key corporate customers in US,
Mexico and Brasil
- First two AW169s enter into service in South America
- Two service centers in Brasil authorized to deliver AW169 support services
Dallas, 7 March 2017 – The AgustaWestland AW139 and AW169 continue to be selected as preferred platforms by discerning corporate and VIP customers, with additional sales of both types accelerating in early 2017.
An AW169 has been sold to a US corporate customer just as the company has recently achieved FAA certification of the type, with another sold to a Mexican customer, and three additional AW169s sold to two different customers in Brasil. A further sale of an AW139 to a US corporate customer now increases the total of the type operating within the corporate and VIP segment in
North America to more than 25. The new generation AW169 meets corporate customer preferences and features innovative safety characteristics. As with all of the company’s VIP configured aircraft, the AW169 features comfortable interiors, a high capacity baggage compartment, engineering improvements to lessen cabin noise and vibration, and proper climate control in all operating environments. With the first two AW169s recently entering into service in South America, in Brazil and Argentina, two service and support centers in the region, AgustaWestland do Brasil and Helipark, have recently been certified to provide support to the AW169. This includes periodic airframe maintenance inspections on all AW169 helicopters, in addition to the AW109s, AW119s, and AW139s currently in service in the region, as well as after-market airframe and warranty support.
Heli-Expo 2017 – 7 March 2017
Leonardo: Milestone Aviation places order for AW169 and AW139 helicopters.
- Announcement of a contract for six AW139s and three AW169s valued at 90 million euro
- Deliveries expected in 2017 and 2018 to perform a range of EMS and other parapublic missions
- The order reaffirms Milestone’s commitment to the Leonardo “family” of new generation helicopters adding to an order-book consisting of AW139s, AW169s and AW189s
Dallas, 7 March 2017 – Leonardo and Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), a leader in helicopter leasing, today announced a contract for nine aircraft – six AW139 and three AW169 helicopters – expected to deliver in 2017 and 2018. The order, valued at €90 million, reaffirms Milestone’s commitment to the Leonardo “family” with an order book now consisting of AW169, AW139 and AW189 helicopters. “Milestone has had great success with both the AW139 and AW169 in 2016, and we continue to see an array of opportunities for these aircraft across missions around the globe,” said Daniel Rosenthal, President and CEO of Milestone. “The majority of the helicopters in this order have already been placed with customers to support contracts beginning in 2017 and 2018.” Milestone leased seven AW169 aircraft in 2016 into geographically diverse emergency medical service segments, reinforcing the lessor’s focus on enabling life-saving missions globally. Milestone also leased 11 AW139s in 2016, with most of those helicopters serving non-oil and gas missions, proving the versatility of the aircraft. “We are thrilled Milestone believes strongly in the capability and value delivered by Leonardo’s “family” of new technology, efficient, multi-role helicopters,” said Daniele Romiti, Managing Director of Leonardo Helicopters. “We look forward to Milestone’s partnership in growing the fleet and operator base for the AW169, AW139 and AW189 through innovative lease and debt solutions.” About Milestone Aviation Group Milestone Aviation Group, a GE Capital Aviation Services company, is the world’s leading helicopter leasing and financing company. Milestone has a fleet of helicopters worth over US $4.0 billion plus debt commitments of approximately $400 million. The company has a forward order book of firm and option aircraft with an estimated aggregate purchase price in excess of US $3 billion. Milestone partners with helicopter operators worldwide, providing a wide array of financial and productivity solutions, including operating leases, purchase/leasebacks, secured debt financing, engine leasing and fleet advisory. The company supports over 35 customers in more than 30 countries serving a variety of industries, including offshore oil and gas, search and rescue, emergency medical services, police surveillance, mining and other utility missions. www.milestoneaviation.com
ANSV NEWS – 5 Marzo 2017
Incidente elicottero in Trentino.
L’Agenzia nazionale per la sicurezza del volo (ANSV) ha aperto un’inchiesta di sicurezza sull’incidente che, oggi 5 marzo, ha coinvolto l’elicottero AW 139 marche I-TNCC, nei pressi di Madonna di Campiglio, ad una quota elevata. Alcuni feriti tra i sei occupanti. L’ANSV ha disposto l’invio di un team investigativo.
PRESS RELASE – 2 March 2017
BOEING SELECTS AW139-BASED MH-139 FOR 84-AIRCRAFT US AIR FORCE TENDER.
- Moretti: “The outstanding superior technology and operational capabilities of our products, including the AW139, once again allow us to compete for significant market opportunities”
- As the prime contractor, Boeing will compete for the supply of up to 84 helicopters to perform critical security and transport missions offering the MH-139, based on the Leonardo AW139 produced in Philadelphia
- The competitiveness of Leonardo’s products are confirmed by a Boeing estimate of more than $1 billion in savings in acquisition and lifecycle expenses over 30 years with the MH-139
Leonardo announced today, through a Boeing-led collaboration, the intention to competitively offer an aircraft for the U.S. Air Force UH-1N ‘Huey’ Replacement Program. With Boeing as the prime contractor, the AW139-based MH-139 was unveiled in Orlando today at the Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium.
Based on the bestselling AW139, already produced in Philadelphia, the MH-139 is a modern, multi-mission, non-developmental, low risk, high performance helicopter sized to meet the 84-aircraft requirement to replace the aging U.S. Air Force ‘Huey’ devoted to critical security and transport missions. The MH-139 offers more than $1 billion in savings in acquisition and lifecycle expenses over 30 years when compared with competitor aircraft.
Mauro Moretti, Leonardo CEO and General Manager, said “The outstanding superior technology and operational capabilities of our products, including the AW139, once again allow us to compete for significant market opportunities, such as the U.S. military modernization competitions. We have a long-established presence in U.S. – commercially, industrially, and with local support and collaborations in various sectors. The MH-139 features all the best characteristics to meet the demanding expectations of the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. taxpayer.”
AgustaWestland AW139 Babcock Mission Critical Services Italia I-BEPP … HEMS 118 Regione Piemonte. Taking off from Borgosesia Hospital helipad (VC), March 2017.