Helicopter rescue contract won in England
The AW169 twin-engine light intermediate helicopter has been selected by the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance to perform emergency medical service missions. The contract has been announced yesterday by Finmeccanica at the Farnborough International Airshow.
The aircraft will start operations from its base at Henstridge on the Dorset / Somerset border in South West England in 2016 and will be able to reach any point in the two counties faster than ever due to its maximum cruise speed and quickly transport patients to hospitals and major trauma centres in the South West.
This contract continues the success already achieved by the AW169 in the UK helicopter market and marks the first EMS tender win in the UK for this new generation helicopter.