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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.

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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

PRESS RELEASE – 29 March 2016

Finmeccanica: AW189 helicopter fleet surpasses 10,000 flight hours.

  •   Flying hour milestone achieved by 26 aircraft in service in Europe, Middle East, Asia and North America, less than two years after very first delivery
  •   Market leading super medium class helicopter with more sales, more deliveries, more flight hours and performing more roles than any other competing helicopter
  •   Over 150 units sold to customers worldwide to date including firm orders, options and framework contracts

    Rome, 29 March 2016 – Finmeccanica announced today that the fleet of 26 AgustaWestland AW189 super medium twin engine helicopters, in service with customers across four continents, has exceeded 10,000 flight hours. The milestone, achieved less than two years after the first aircraft delivery, marks a major commercial and operational milestone for the most successful helicopter in the all-new super medium category, aimed at meeting long range, large capacity requirements with unprecedented levels of cost effectiveness compared to larger and heavier helicopter models in the market.

    The AW189s already in service have performed their missions across various geographies including Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America with leading customers in UK, Denmark, Malaysia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam and USA with high availability and operational effectiveness.

    The AW189 has also established itself as the bestselling aircraft in this specific class among competing types, with over 150 units sold so far, including firm orders, options and framework contracts, to over 20 customers in 14 nations. Also, the new helicopter features today the largest number of dedicated configurations in its market, covering various roles including offshore transport, search and rescue, executive/private transport, firefighting and disaster relief. Additional AW189s are to be delivered in several other countries including Russia, China and Brazil.

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AAR Commences Search and Rescue Operations for UK Ministry of Defence in the Falkland Islands.

Team AAR delivers first commercial SAR service to UK MOD.

WOOD DALE, Illinois, March 31, 2016 – AAR (NYSE: AIR) announces its Airlift division has commenced operations for Search and Rescue (SAR) and Support Helicopter (SH) services for the UK Ministry of Defence in the Falkland Islands.

AAR Airlift Group, together with British International Helicopters (BIH) and Air Rescue Systems (ARS), is delivering turnkey SAR and Support Helicopter services to the British Forces South Atlantic Islands (BFSAI) operations. Team AAR is providing Finmeccanica AW-189 SAR helicopters, Sikorsky S-61N support helicopters, flight operations, maintenance, logistics, facilities support, and personnel management at the Mount Pleasant Complex in the Falkland Islands and the surrounding maritime region. The mission includes 24/7/365 all-weather SAR, helicopter emergency services, rescue hoist operations and passenger and cargo transfers.

Following award of the 10-year, $275 million (£180 million) contract in January 2015, AAR sourced two new AW-189 aircraft customized by Finmeccanica to meet the program requirements. The aircraft were accepted in November 2015.  This program premiers the first Civil Aviation Authority approved AW-189s operating in a SAR role.

“AAR has integrated a team of industry experts to deliver to the UK Ministry of Defence a sophisticated commercial SAR service fit for a military and civil application, the first operation of its kind,” said Steven B. Harrison, President, AAR Airlift Group. “We are committed to providing a reliable, quality SAR service that maintains the standards of the Royal Air Force, as well as continued excellence for the commercial support helicopter services.”

AAR Airlift Group provides expeditionary airlift services in support of contingency operations worldwide. The Company provides passenger and cargo transport, air ambulance, night vision operations, search and rescue (SAR), airdrop, and other special mission services. AAR Airlift Group includes Rotorcraft Services, a provider of engineering and design for rotorcraft modifications and completions, asset sales, component repair, life cycle support programs, and field maintenance. AAR Airlift’s fleet of fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft serves defense and NGO customers in Afghanistan, Africa, the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and Western Pacific, and now the Falkland Islands. Since 2005, AAR Airlift Group has flown more than 242,000 hours, delivering over 302 million pounds of mail and cargo, and transporting more than 1.9 million passengers in remote and austere locations around the globe.

British International Helicopters (BIH) is the largest British-owned helicopter operator with a fleet of 25 principally owned helicopters employing over 150 personnel. The company has particular expertise in offshore operations and in the defence sector, operating the Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) helicopter support programme for the Royal Navy and providing the Ministry of Defence with helicopter services in support of British forces in the Falklands.  BIH also provides Police and Air Ambulance capability and utility/commercial helicopter charter services. Rigby Group plc, the ultimate holding company for BIH, was formed in 1975 and is the parent company for a portfolio of privately owned and highly successful businesses operating across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

ARS is a premier provider of Advanced Helicopter Operations training solutions and delivers response services worldwide to Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement, Fire Department, Military, Utility and Commercial Operators. The company is an FAA 133 Certificate holder and FAA 141 training school with a focus on 133 operations. ARS’s state-of-the-art flight training facilities offer single and twin-engine aircraft and mountain, urban and off-shore advanced helicopter training operations. As an ISO 9001: 2008 Manufacturer of Advanced Helicopter Operations Equipment, ARS designs and builds the most innovative and safety oriented helicopter response equipment available.

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PRESS RELEASE – 17 February 2016

Finmeccanica grows helicopters footprint in South East Asia.
• Two helicopters AgustaWestland AW189 ordered by TPG Aeronautik of Malaysia
• Will be operated by the Fire & Rescue Department, confirming Finmeccanica’s helicopters top in class for parapublic roles
• Finmeccanica Helicopter Division continues to expand its market share in South East Asia with more deliveries

Singapore, 17 February 2016 – Finmeccanica, Italy’s leading high-technology group, has announced today at the Singapore Airshow 2016 an order by TPG Aeronautik Sdn Bhd of Malaysia for two AW189 super medium helicopters, consolidating the success of the type in South East Asia. The helicopters, whose delivery is planned in 2017, will be operated by the Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia (Jabatan Bomba dan Penyelamat Malaysia) for firefighting, search and rescue and disaster relief missions.
JBPM selection of the AW189 will expand their capabilities and will, as an existing operator of two AW139s, enable them to take advantage of the shared benefits in training, operations and support provided by the Family of AgustaWestland products, which include the AW169, AW139 and AW189 types. Finmeccanica’s Helicopter Division continues to grow in Malaysia with the delivery to Galaxy Aviation of two AW139, joining the already impressive fleet of the types operating in the Country, and in the Philippines, with two helicopters to be operated for corporate/executive transport. South East Asia continues to be one of the fastest growing market for Finmeccanica and its Helicopter Division, with additional interest coming in both the government and commercial sectors.
Finmeccanica, through its Helicopter Division, has been present in the region for many years with almost 350 helicopters performing missions such as offshore, utility, homeland security, law enforcement, search and rescue, emergency medical services, maritime patrol, military naval roles and armed reconnaissance.
AgustaWestland Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Finmeccanica, continues to play a major role in the Malaysian helicopter market expanding its presence and increasing its capabilities through a continued programme of investment. AgustaWestland Malaysia is a Malaysian DCA approved maintenance and repair organization.

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AgustaWestland AW189 … registered by FAA.

Last 29th December 2015 the first two AW189s were finally registered in the US to Era Helicopters LLC. The two new ships are N189EH ( c/n 49018 ) and N314SS ( c/n 49019 ).

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Thanks to Oscar BERNARDI for this picture from the past AW189 demo tour in the United States wearing full Era livery.

Abu Dhabi Aviation to Acquire 15 AgustaWestland Helicopters.

  • A mix of AW169, AW139 and AW189 types to be acquired with deliveries through to 2019.
  • Leading commercial helicopter and fixed wing aircraft operator in the Middle East to use the aircraft for offshore transport.
  • Abu Dhabi Aviation already operates 16 AW139 helicopters.

Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland announced today that Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA) has agreed to acquire 15 helicopters from the AW Family, comprising the AW169 light intermediate, AW139 intermediate and AW189 super medium twin types. The aircraft are scheduled to be delivered from 2016 through to 2019 and will be used for a variety of missions, including offshore transport.

ADA currently owns 16 AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopters that are primarily used for offshore transport missions. Introducing the new generation AW169 and AW189 will allow the customer access to the unique advantage of AgustaWestland’s Family of new generation helicopters covering the four to nine-tonne weight classes. These helicopters all possess the same high performance flight characteristics and safety features whilst sharing the same common cockpit concept and design philosophy. This approach delivers real cost savings in areas such as training, maintenance and support for operators having two or three of the models in their fleets.

The expanded fleet will also benefit from the support solutions provided locally by AgustaWestland Aviation Services LLC, an Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA) and Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland joint venture.

Image courtesy and copyright by Luigi PISANO.

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Offshore operating giant Era Group has admitted it may have to cancel two-thirds of its orders for new aircraft as a result of the continued downturn in the oil-and-gas sector.

The operator currently has orders for nine AgustaWestland AW189s, three Sikorsky S-92s, and five AgustaWestland AW169s, representing a total commitment of US$174.5 million. The AW189s and S-92s are scheduled to be delivered between 2015 and 2018, while no delivery dates for the AW169s have been determined.

Era also has outstanding options to purchase up to 10 additional AW189s and three S-92s. But, as it reported its third quarter results Wednesday, Era said it may terminate $127 million of those commitments — and had already signed a contact amendment that included a reduction in the number of firm commitments and a deferral in delivery dates and deposit payments.

“We remain in dialogue with our long-term partners at the helicopter manufacturers and expect that those commercial conversations will result in additional contract modifications that will further reduce our near-term capital commitments by deferring additional helicopter delivery dates,” the operator said in a statement.

Era took delivery of the first S-92 in its fleet in September, which was subsequently placed in service in October, but said it continued to experience excess capacity in its medium helicopters, and expected excess capacity in its heavy helicopters (of nine Airbus Helicopters H225s) to increase beginning in the fourth quarter of 2015.

In its third quarter results, the company reported a net income of $0.9 million — as compared to 2014’s third quarter net income of $4.3 million.

“The third quarter proved to be a very challenging one as conditions further deteriorated in our key geographical markets,” said Chris Bradshaw, Era Group’s president and chief executive officer. “As the WTI crude oil price dropped from approximately $60 per barrel at the end of June to below $40 per barrel in mid-August, our customer base responded with renewed emphasis on cost reduction measures, which negatively impacted our operating revenues.”

“We believe the challenging industry conditions prevalent in 2015 are likely to continue for the next several quarters. We operate in a dynamic industry, and cost management is an ongoing process. We began adjusting our organization and cost structure with a management realignment and reduction in force in October and November 2014, and our focus on realizing cost savings has continued throughout 2015 and included all aspects of our business. Last month, we began an additional round of cost control measures, including further headcount reductions.”

Images courtesy and copyright by Oscar BERNARDI.

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Gulf Helicopters’ AW139 and AW189 Fleets Set New Milestones.

  • Prime helicopter services provider in the Middle East and AW Family customer.
  • Fleet of 17 AW139s passes 75,000 flight hours while fleet of 4 AW189s now exceeds 1000 flight hours performing offshore missions.
  • Gulf Helicopters has a total of 15 AW189 super medium class helicopters on order.

Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland announced today that the AW139 intermediate twin and the AW189 super medium twin helicopter fleets operated by Gulf Helicopters of Qatar have set two major milestones. Their 17 AW139s used for offshore operations have now achieved 75,000 flight hours while the four AW189s delivered so far have exceeded 1000 flight hours performing long range oil and gas support missions.

Gulf Helicopters is a prime player in the helicopter service market in the Middle East and is benefitting from the advantages of the AgustaWestland Family of new generation helicopters. The AW139 and AW189, together with the AW169 light intermediate helicopter, all possess the same high performance flight characteristics and safety features whilst sharing the same common cockpit concept and design philosophy. This approach delivers real cost savings in areas such as training, maintenance and support for operators having two or three of the models in their fleets.

Mr. Mohamed Al Mohannadi, CEO of Gulf Helicopters stated “We are looking to expand our global presence not only for our core business of helicopter operations but also for our engineering and training capabilities. We are continuing to work with AgustaWestland and other OEMs to complement their efforts in providing efficient services with regard to engineering and training support”.

Image courtesy and copyright by Luigi PISANO.

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