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PRESS RELEASE – Helitech International 2016

Leonardo-Finmeccanica: 3 more orders for AgustaWestland helicopters.

  • GrandNew order by Centaurium Aviation Ltd of Switzerland will be Bern Airport’s first twin engine VIP transport
  • Contract for one corporate GrandNew, delivery of two EMS aircraft and selection for two AW139 in Japan
  • HeliService of Germany signs for one AW169 for offshore Wind farm role

Rome, 12 ottobre 2016 – Leonardo-Finmeccanica shows continued strength in all civil helicopter markets.

The company announced today the signing of a contract with Centaurium Aviation Ltd. of Switzerland for an AgustaWestland GrandNew light twin engine helicopter. The signing was performed during an official ceremony held at Helitech, Amsterdam. This aircraft is scheduled to enter service in spring 2017 and will be operated by Mountainflyers for heli taxi services from Bern Airport. With this GrandNew, Mountainflyers will be able to serve a wide range of destinations across Switzerland and Europe, establishing Bern Airport’s first twin engine VIP helicopter transport service.

The GrandNew model also confirmed further market success during Japan Aerospace in Tokyo. Leonardo and its distributor Kaigai Corporation announced a further expansion across the Japanese light twin helicopter market with an order by an undisclosed corporate customer for one helicopter to be used for executive/private transport. Additionally, two additional GrandNew helicopters have been delivered to the Prefectures of Niigata and Kagoshima for Emergency Medical Services (EMS), performed by Shizuoka Air Commuter Corporation and Kagoshima International Aviation respectively. These recent successes further expand the presence of the GrandNew in the Japanese market where more than 80 AgustaWestland AW109 series aircraft have been sold to date to perform a range of missions including EMS, law enforcement, executive/private transport and Electronic News Gathering (ENG). Leonardo and its distributor Mitsui Bussan also announced at Japan Aerospace the selection of the AW139 by both Nippon TV and Chukyo TV for Electronic News Gathering (ENG) missions. These selections follow the joint announcement made with Mitsui Bussan at the Farnborough International Air Show in July foreseeing the delivery of the 50th AW139 helicopter to Japan by the end of 2016.

At Helitech HeliService International GmbH signed for one AW169. The aircraft will be delivered in 2017 to undertake offshore windfarm support missions in the North Sea. These aircraft add to the first AW169 ordered by the customer in late 2015, and handed over this summer, which marked the first customer of the type for this application in Europe and the entry of the all new model into the German helicopter market.


Leonardo-Finmeccanica: AW169 helicopter gets five firm orders in Brazil for
executive transport.

  • Confirming the growing success of the new type in the country where customers
    represent over 20 AW169 agreements to date
  • Orders were signed following a recent presentation of the AW169 VIP to Brazilian
  • Agreements for over 150 AW169s, including firm orders, options and framework
    contracts, have been signed to date by customers worldwide

Rome, 10 October 2016 – Leonardo-Finmeccanica announced today that five firm orders have been
signed for AgustaWestland AW169 helicopters by different Brazilian corporate and private customers.
The announcement comes following an official presentation of the new generation model to nearly 100
pilots from across Brazil and held at the end of August, introducing capabilities, avionics and interior
options available to AW169 VIP customers.
The new generation AW169 meets discerning customer preferences for helicopters and features
innovative safety characteristics. The AW169 incorporates several new technology solutions in the rotor
system, engines, avionics, transmission and electric power generation and distribution systems, and
can comfortably accommodate up to ten passengers.
Of the more than 150 agreements signed for the AW169 to date, including firm orders, framework
contracts, and options, over 20 of them are from operators in Brazil. The company maintains a leading
position in the global executive/private transport market with a 50 percent share in the multiengine
segment, which will be further reinforced through AW169 deliveries worldwide.


PRESS RELEASE – Helitech International 2016

Leonardo-Finmeccanica: the AW169 scores further global success.

  • Five AW169 orders from Lease Corporation International and Helikorea that will be delivered in 2016 and 2017
  • Specialist Aviation Services signed a Framework Agreement for a further six AW169s with deliveries expected between 2017 and 2019
  • Agreements for nearly 150 AW169s, including firm orders, framework contracts and options, signed to date by customers worldwide

Rome, 11 October 2016 – The AgustaWestland AW169 helicopter of Leonardo-Finmeccanica further strengthened its presence in the market with orders for aircraft from operators who’ve already experienced its excellent capabilities and a new customer in the Republic of Korea. Helikorea has ordered two aircraft for Emergency Medical Service (EMS) missions in the Republic of Korea, where Leonardo has experienced significant success in recent years. Approximately 50 helicopters of various types are now in service or on order for military, parapublic and commercial roles ranging from naval applications, search and rescue, law enforcement, firefighting and VIP/corporate transportation. The contract, which also includes an option for one additional aircraft, foresees deliveries by the end of 2016.

Furthermore, Lease Corporation International (LCI), based in Ireland, signed a further contract for three additional AgustaWestland AW169s at Helitech, in Amsterdam. This is the second repeat order LCI has signed for the AW169. These particular aircraft are expected to be delivered in mid-2017. In 2016 LCI has already taken delivery of five AW169s which have gone on lease to their customers in the EMS, offshore and utility markets. In 2016 a total of 15 new AW139/AW169/AW189 helicopters have been, or will be, delivered to LCI.

At Helitech Leonardo has also signed a Framework Agreement with Specialist Aviation Services (SAS) of the UK for six additional AgustaWestland AW169s. The aircraft, expected to be delivered between 2017 and 2019, will be used to expand the SAS emergency medical service (EMS) operations across the nation and to enter the rapidly growing offshore windfarm support market. This latest agreement brings the total number of AW169s for the UK market to almost twenty.


Arrival of our new AW169 Ambucopter moves closer after official handover in Italy.

We’re delighted to announce that our new state-of-the-art AgustaWestland 169 Ambucopter has been formally accepted by the Charity at an official handover in Italy on 5th July.

Chief Executive Karen Jobling and joint Chairman of the Board of Trustees Jack O’Hern travelled to Vergiate in Italy to formally accept the AW169, from AgustaWestland.

“It has been really amazing to finally see our new Ambucopter and to come out to the factory in Italy where it has been built. Our pilots have recently been here training and converting onto the AW169, and now seeing it come off the production line we’re looking forward to it flying back to the UK and becoming operational,” said Karen Jobling.

“The new helicopter will be in the same emergency yellow as our current helicopter, which the people of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire recognise as their air ambulance. Beyond the colour however, the aircraft is quite different. The AW169 has a significantly larger cabin area which will give our Critical Care Team 360° access to the patient, to provide time-critical medical treatment during flight if needed. The AW169 is faster, meaning we can reach patients, hospitals and major trauma centres more quickly. It can also fly further before it needs to be refuelled, which will allow us to deploy from one mission to the next without returning to base to refuel.”

Jack O’Hern said: “When the Board of Trustees were first presented with the information on the new top-of-the-range AW169, it was clear to see that this helicopter would be at the forefront of Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) operations and would enable the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance to provide the best possible critical care to its patients. This advancement in the service to patients means that the Charity now needs to raise in excess of £2.3million each year to support our lifesaving work.”

Our fantastic new Ambucopter will fly back to the UK very soon, but it will be a little while longer before the people of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire will see it taking to the skies. First stop for the Ambucopter is for a custom built medical fit to ensure that all of the state-of-the-art medical equipment is laid out properly, before it is finally delivered to mission headquarters at RAF Waddington later this summer.

The AW169 will replace our current MD 902 Explorer helicopter. The registration number of our AW169 is G-LNAC (Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance Charity), and we will continue to use the call sign Helimed 29 Alpha when we’re flying to a medical emergency.

  • Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance is non-government funded so we rely on the support of our local communities and businesses to raise in excess of £2.3million every year to keep our Ambucopter flying, saving lives and improving outcomes for patients 365 days a year.


PRESS RELEASE: 10 February 2016

Delivery of the first of six AW169 helicopters ordered by leading EMS-service operator Specialist Aviation Services.
• Over 150 AW169 helicopters ordered by almost 60 customers in over 20 countries around the world, including framework contracts and options
• The AW169 is the only new generation helicopter in its weight class in more than 30 years

Rome, 10th February 2016 – Finmeccanica, through its Helicopter Division, handed over to Specialist Aviation Services its first AgustaWestland AW169 new generation intermediate class helicopter. The helicopter is also the first to be delivered to a UK customer and will enter service with Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance following installation of an advanced medical interior by Specialist Aviation Services.
Group Managing Director of Specialist Aviation Services, Henk Schaeken said: “We are very proud to be introducing the all new AW169 helicopter into service in the UK with one of the country’s leading air ambulance operators. We have been very busy training our engineers and pilots in preparation for the introduction to service of the AW169, so we can deliver from the outset the same high level of aircraft availability and support which our customers have come to expect from us.”
Adrian Bell, Chief Executive, Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust added “The imminent delivery of the AW169 is a very significant event in the development of HEMS in the UK, especially in a heavily populated region the size of Kent, Surrey and Sussex – some 3,600 square miles.
The enhanced capabilities of the helicopter will allow us to further develop and improve the life-saving service we deliver to the community and the aircraft offers the exciting potential to reconfigure how these services are delivered for maximum effect in the future”
Specialist Aviation Services has also been appointed as an Authorized Service Centre for the new generation AW169 light intermediate helicopter in the UK and will provide a range of support and maintenance services to AW169 operators.


Some very interesting images of this factory new AgustaWestland AW169 wearing test registration I-EASJ are now available from the linked pics below. The helicopter was performing a display in Cesana Torinese [Sansicario] (TO) few days ago.




Thanks to Valerio JANNON & Giacomo PIPOLI for these unique pictures.