Aug 2014 – AgustaWestland Sells another Corporate VIP AW139 in North America
Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland is pleased to announce the sale of one more AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopter in VIP/corporate transport configuration for an undisclosed customer in North America. This latest contract continues the growing success of the AW139 for VIP transport mission in this key market, bringing the total number of aircraft sold in North America to 19. The latest AW139 aircraft for this market will feature a highly customized passenger cabin interior. The cabin interior is designed to be easily reconfigured for different passenger loads.
As the only helicopter in its class to meet all the latest certification standards, the AW139 is proving a popular replacement for older designs in a VIP market, where safety, comfort and performance are the foremost considerations. The AW139 delivers best-in-class performance with a maximum cruise speed of 165 knots (306 kph), a range in excess of 500 nm (927 km), endurance of 5 hours and superior hover performance. With its power reserve, the AW139 assures Category “A” (Class 1) superior performance from a helipad (elevated or at ground level) at maximum take-off weight.
With the largest passenger cabin in its class the AW139 can accommodate up to 15 passengers or six to ten passengers is a number of spacious and comfortable VIP seating arrangements. The six large cabin windows provide passengers with an excellent view from the cabin with access via sliding doors or a hinged door. A wide range of customer specified optional equipment is available on the AW139 including audio visual equipment, telecommunications and refreshments stowage. The baggage compartment provides 3.4 m3 (120 ft3) of easily accessible storage with access from external doors and also the cabin if required.
The AW139’s modern design ensures ease of maintenance and high availability due to reduced numbers of components, easy access to all the main systems by ground technicians, extended life-cycles for critical components and advanced diagnostics technology. Customers can also undertake a range of training courses on the AW139 Level D Full Flight Simulators located at AgustaWestland’s ‘A. Marchetti’ Training Academy in Sesto Calende, Italy as well as in the USA and Malaysia.
Orders for nearly 790 AW139s have been placed by more than 210 customers in over 60 nations to date. Almost 700 units are already in service carrying out a wide variety of missions such as VIP/corporate and passenger transport, offshore transport, SAR/EMS, law enforcement, firefighting, government roles. The global fleet has recently set an outstanding milestone achieving 1 million flight hours in service worldwide.