Leonardo Helicopters AW189 Fire & Rescue Department of Malaysia I-EASO … performing pre-delivery flights. December 2017.
PRESS RELEASE – Dubai, 12 November 2017
MILESTONE AVIATION AND LEONARDO TO PROVIDE THREE AW169S TO FALCON AVIATION.
Milestone Aviation Group (“Milestone”), a GE Capital Aviation Services company and the global leader in helicopter leasing, and Leonardoannounced today that Falcon Aviation of Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) will expand its AgustaWestland AW169 helicopter fleet with the addition of a further three aircraft.
The light-intermediate twin helicopters will have multi-mission capability with entry into service in first quarter of 2018. The aircraft will be acquired through operating lease, and represent the first helicopter lease transaction for Falcon.
“We are delighted to partner with Falcon Aviation and grow our presence in the Middle East,” said Milestone Vice President Commercial, Michael York. “When Milestone invested in a team in Dubai two years ago it was with the goal of building our support for local operators like Falcon.”
“Falcon Aviation was the global launch customer for the offshore-configured AW169, and subsequently took delivery of a VIP configured AW169” said Leonardo Helicopters’ Chief Business Officer Carlo Gualdaroni. “We are thrilled the unique capabilities of this new generation model have met Falcon’s diverse operating goals and they have chosen to increase their fleet to include 11 Leonardo Helicopters.”
With the addition of three AW169, Falcon Aviation’s fleet will include five AW169, two AW189 helicopters and four additional Grand and GrandNew light-twin helicopters. The AW169 and AW189 models, used by Falcon Aviation, are part of Leonardo’s family of new generation helicopters that also includes the AW139. 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 facilitates synergies for operators of fleets across the 4 to 9 tonne weight categories in areas such as training, flight operations, maintenance and support.The combination of AW169 and AW189 offshore gives Falcon Aviation and its customer’s unmatched benefits in terms of efficiency, capability and safety.
Falcon Aviation have also recently set a major operational milestone with their first AW169 which has become the global fleet leader in terms of flight hours, out of a total of 40 helicopters of this model in service with customers worldwide to date.
PRESS RELEASE – 3 October 2017
Leonardo introduces the AW189K helicopter at Helitech 2017.
- The AW189K will feature new generation Aneto-1K engines by Safran Helicopter Engines.
- The addition of this engine option will further extend the capability and versatility
footprint of the AW189, the most successful super medium category helicopter in the
- EASA Certification is expected in the fourth quarter of 2018.
London, 3 October 2017 – Leonardo announced today a further step to expand the range of capabilities available to the market with the introduction of the AgustaWestland AW189K helicopter. Under this designation, the successful super medium category type will feature the new generation 2,500 shp class Aneto-1K engine, unveiled by Safran Helicopter Engines at Helitech in London today. The AW189K is the first helicopter to be powered by a model in this family of new generation engines developed by Safran Helicopter Engines, and offers a further option in the super medium category.
Gian Piero Cutillo, MD Leonardo Helicopters, said “We are pleased that the AW189K will be the first helicopter to feature an Aneto engine. This new turboshaft engine will offer our customers a high level of performance and further extend the capabilities and versatility of our super medium platform, particularly in hot & high conditions. Operators will also benefit from Safran’s longstanding experience in the helicopter market as well as from its strong worldwide support network.”
Bruno Even, Safran Helicopter Engines’ President said, “We’re delighted to be working with Leonardo on the AW189K programme, building on our long history of cooperation. With the Aneto engine family we are today bringing to the market a new generation and competitive engine solution for the super medium and heavy helicopter market, offering a new level of performance coupled with reduced operating costs. We’re convinced the AW189K, powered by the Aneto, will prove to be very attractive to many operators due to its outstanding capabilities‘” A dedicated AW189K prototype performed its maiden flight at Leonardo’s Cascina Costa plant in Italy on 9 March 2017 and has so far demonstrated excellent performance in a wide range of conditions. Early assessments show very good performance capabilities in demanding weight, altitude and temperature (WAT) conditions, and excellent Performance Class 1 capabilities also from offshore are also expected. The flight test programme continues to validate aircraft performance estimates in high and low temperature conditions and at high altitudes. EASA type certification is expected in the fourth quarter of 2018.
The AW189K’s increased performance capabilities in hot and high conditions makes it ideal for various customer requirements across a range of geographies and allows to better leverage the versatility of the super medium platform, not just for long range offshore transport or SAR but also for VIP transport, firefighting and various parapublic duties. With the AW189 and AW189K Leonardo is offering the market the most capable and versatile super medium aircraft. The AW189 8.3/8.6 tonne commercial helicopter has already proven the most successful model in this category with agreements for over 150 units, including orders and optionsMore than 30 AW189s are in service worldwide and over 25,000 flight hours logged to date.
PRESS RELEASE – 31 July 2017
Today, CHC Helicopter launches its super medium aircraft program with a commitment to lease five new aircraft from GECAS’ Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”). This transaction will add three new Leonardo AW189s and two Airbus H175s from Milestone’s order book with the manufacturers to CHC’s global fleet. The new aircraft will be configured for energy transport missions and will serve CHC customers in the North Sea and Australia.
“We are working closely with Milestone to carefully build a productive, safe and reliable fleet to meet the varying needs of our customers throughout the world,” said Karl Fessenden, President and CEO of CHC Helicopter. “Milestone has been a valuable leasing partner towards this goal, with a diverse order book across manufacturers and types, and deep expertise in aircraft operational capabilities.”
Fessenden added “Since completing our restructuring in March, our fleet productivity has significantly improved and matches our historical peak levels before the oil and gas downturn. We are excited to add these new super medium aircraft to our fleet in support of new customer contracts.”
“We are very proud to introduce the Leonardo AW189 and Airbus H175 types to CHC’s fleet,” remarked Daniel Rosenthal, President and CEO of Milestone, adding “We have worked very closely with CHC since their restructuring to review their fleet needs and provide both the aircraft and capital solutions, through operating lease and debt financing, that meet those needs. We are delighted to deliver these new technology assets that fit their mission profile with improved economics for their end customers.”
Both the Leonardo AW189 and the Airbus H175 are designed to meet long-range, high endurance requirements in demanding environments, which will allow CHC to use them for missions that have either been traditionally limited to heavy aircraft or access platforms that are not designed to support them. This will not only give customers additional flexibility, but also help them lower their overall costs per passenger.
PRESS RELEASE – 19 July 2017
AW189 TO SUPPORT OIL&GAS OPERATIONS IN RUSSIA FROM SAKHALIN ISLAND.
- The addition of this AW189 operated by Aviashelf expands the success of the type as the bestselling helicopter in its weight category and in the Oil&Gas market both in Russia and internationally.
- The aircraft will be equipped with Full Ice Protection System for outstanding all weather operations.
- Agreements for more than 150 AW189s, including orders and options, have been signed by customers worldwide to date.
Leonardo announced today that an AW189 super medium helicopter will be operated by Aviashelf to perform transport operations from Sakhalin Island in Russia supporting the Oil&Gas industry. The aircraft will be supplied together with a support and training package with delivery expected in summer 2018. This latest result confirms the competitiveness of Leonardo’s modern solutions in the Oil&Gas market and further strengthens the success of the AW189 in Russia and globally thanks to its performance, new design, latest safety standards and cost effectiveness. The AW189 will be equipped with a Full Ice Protection System (FIPS) allowing operations in known icing conditions when other helicopters would be grounded. With agreements for more than 150 helicopters including orders and options with customers worldwide, the 8.3/8.6 tonne AgustaWestland AW189 is the most successful commercial helicopter in the ‘super medium’ category. Developed to meet the growing market demand for a modern multirole helicopter with large capacity and long range capability, the AW189 meets the latest and most stringent certification and safety standards. The spacious cabin is configured with 16 seats as standard with the option of a high density 19-seat layout. The cockpit design, incorporating the latest in advanced situational awareness technologies, reduces crew workload and enhances safety. The AW189 is also fully compliant with the latest requirements of the Oil&Gas producers’ helicopter operations guidelines. The AW189 is unique in having a 50 minute ‘run-dry’ capable main gear box, exceeding current certification standards and offering unmatched safety and reliability for long range operations. Over 30 aircraft are already in service in Europe, Middle East, Asia and the Americas for transport and public service duties including search and rescue and have logged in excess of 25,000 flight hours. The AW189 is part of the family of new generation helicopters that includes the AW169 and AW139 models, which possess the same high performance flight characteristics and safety features as well as sharing a common cockpit layout, design philosophy and maintenance concept. This commonality allows more effective operations for customers using helicopter fleets across the 4 to 9 tonne weight range.
Leonardo Helicopters PRESS RELEASE – 19 June 2017
LCI ORDERS NINE HELICOPTERS AS IT TAKES DELIVERY OF A RECORD SIX UNITS IN A MONTH TIME.
- Contract for nine aircraft comprising AW169, AW139 and AW189 helicopters valued in excess of US$120 million
- LCI is taking delivery of five AW169s and one AW139 from Leonardo this month
- 49 new Leonardo helicopters delivered or on order by LCI to date
Leonardo and Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation division of the Libra Group, have today announced an order for an additional nine helicopters. The order is valued at over US$120 million and covers the entire family of new generation helicopters – the AgustaWestland AW139, AW169 and AW189. Deliveries will commence this year and continue into 2018.
LCI is already a major customer for Leonardo aircraft, and this latest order adds to its previous orders for the same types, which now total 49. The versatility and efficiency of the AW169, AW139 and AW189 aircraft are proving extremely popular with leading operators across the globe. A record five AW169s and one AW139 are being delivered this month, and being deployed on Search and Rescue (SAR), Maritime Pilot transfers, Emergency Medical Services, and Training and Utility missions. This clearly demonstrates the diversity and balance of LCI’s lease portfolio and its capacity to grow within all the sectors, including offshore oil and gas.
Crispin Maunder, Executive Chairman of LCI, said: “Today’s order marks just an interim stage in our continued long term fleet development plan. We are seeing a resurgence of demand for modern, cost-effective helicopters across a range of different sectors, and this additional follow-on order underscores our confidence in the market and ensures that LCI has the right size and mix of helicopter fleet to fulfil our customers’ near term requirements. The record number of helicopters we have taken delivery of and placed on lease this month alone is a clear demonstration of the continuing strength and diversity of demand in the helicopter market and in particular that for Leonardo helicopters.”
Michael Platt, Chief Executive Officer of LCI, says: “We are delighted to be expanding our longstanding partnership with Leonardo, whose versatile and innovative aircraft are proving highly popular with the leading helicopter operators we work with across the globe. LCI’s fast-growing fleet is balanced across a diverse range of sectors which now includes HEMS, wind energy, oil and gas, marine pilot transfer, search and rescue, mining and training.”
LCI’s growing fleet of helicopters are on lease to operators worldwide serving a wide range of sectors including emergency medical services, search and rescue, offshore wind power, harbour pilots and training & utility, as well as a small proportion serving oil and gas production. LCI’s helicopter fleet is currently made up of approximately 60 helicopters in service and on order, including the market-leading Leonardo AW139, AW169 and AW189 helicopters.
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
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.