PRESS RELEASE – 7 October 2017
SAS to provide AW139 support.
UK based operator and authorised Leonardo service centre – Specialist Aviation Services – is pleased to announce its plans to extend its Leonardo support capability. SAS has spent five years developing a close working relationship with Leonardo Helicopters and building its technical expertise supporting the entry into service of the AW169 in the UK. It has also invested heavily in a unique and highly effective 24/7 field maintenance and spares support capability, designed to maximise the availability of its demanding market place. With twelve aircraft ordered, six of which are now delivered, SAS is already achieving the very highest levels of service availability which its third party private AW169 customers in and around Europe are also able to tap into. As Nigel Lemon, SAS Sales Director puts it – “We see a real opportunity to expand our support to more types in this area and are looking to take advantage of our strong working relationship with Leonardo and the commonality within the AgustaWestland Family product range”. In addition to the large team of base engineers, SAS field engineers are all licensed on the AW169 and are now undergoing their AW139 training. SAS is also setting up a Service Centre at Redhill. It plans to have the Redhill facility approved for both the AW169 & AW139 and operational before the end of the year.
Leonardo Helicopters AW169 Specialist Aviation Services G-HHEM, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance … arriving at Staverton on delivery from Vergiate Factory, April 2017.
Leonardo Helicopters AW169 Specialist Aviation Services I-RAIM … wearing full Essex & Herts Air Ambulance colors, performing maintenance/test flight. March 2017.
Leonardo Helicopters AW169 Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance G-DSAA .. resting in front of Specialist Aviation Services Hangar in Staverton, October 2016.
Leonardo Helicopters AW169 Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance G-LNAC … soon after delivery to the UK at Specialist Aviation Services. Staverton, October 2016.
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.
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.