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Qatar Airways to partner with Monacair

Qatar Airways to partner with Monacair

Qatar Airways and Monacair are delighted to announce a new partnership between one of the world’s leading airlines and the French Riviera’s premium helicopter operator, commencing 4 July. Qatar Airways’ passengers arriving in Nice on board the airline’s newly-launched direct service to Nice will now have the opportunity to seamlessly connect at Nice International Airport onto… Read more »

Source: Qatar Airlines, 12-Jun-17

Raytheon Stinger targets new Apaches

Raytheon Stinger targets new Apaches

Both Qatar and India have selected the Raytheon Stinger air-to-air missile system for their new Apache AH-64E aircraft Shephard has learned. Under the multi-nation contract awarded in December 2016, the company will supply India and Qatar with the Stinger-RMP (Reprogrammable Microprocessor) missile and launch systems Raytheon has confirmed.

Source: Raytheon, 19-Jan-17

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Qatar order for 24 AH-64E Apaches confirmed

Qatar order for 24 AH-64E Apaches confirmed

The US Department of Defense yesterday confirmed the order of twenty-four AH-64E Apache helicopters from the middle eastern country of Qatar, along with one Longbow crew trainer, ground support equipment and Thales avionics.  Boeing has been awarded a $667M contract. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of May 31,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 08-Jun-16

Middle East commercial helicopter potential remains untapped says Bell

Middle East commercial helicopter potential remains untapped says Bell

David Sale, who heads the company’s regional sales for the Middle East and C.I.S., said though the region has a proliferation of helipads on major buildings, particularly in the five-star hotel and resort segment, helicopter travel is held back by a lack of dedicated infrastructure and operating systems. – See full story

Source: Arabian Aerospace, 20-Apr-16

Hamad General Hospital to add double roof helipad for AW139s

Hamad General Hospital to add double roof helipad for AW139s

Hamad General Hospital, in Qatari capital of Doha, will expand its current operating theatre facility with a new surgical building and a newly constructed 800-car space multi-storey parking tower. The facility will offer 17 new surgical theatres with three additional specialist theaters as well as two interventional radiology suites. This facility will also feature dedicated… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 23-Mar-16

Gulf Helicopters launches mobile PT6T, PT6C and PW207E service in Middle East

Gulf Helicopters launches mobile PT6T, PT6C and PW207E service in Middle East

Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. (P&WC) has expanded on-wing mobile repair team (MRT) capabilities and line maintenance options for operators of its PT6T, PT6C and PW207E helicopter engines in the Middle East. P&WC’s Customer Service Centre  Europe is welcoming Gulf Helicopters Company (GHC), as a Premium Service Provider in the region. GHC will be able… Read more »

Source: P&WC, 15-Nov-15

Gulf Helicopters sets new milestones with AW139 and AW189 fleets

Gulf Helicopters sets new milestones with AW139 and AW189 fleets

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… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 11-Nov-15

Gulf Helicopters to expand and market MRO and Training Capabilities

Gulf Helicopters to expand and market MRO and Training Capabilities

Gulf Helicopters Company, one of the largest and leading Commercial Helicopter operator with global presence, continues to push for strategic growth through expansion of its newly established Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Facility and existing Training Academy. ‘Commercial Helicopters operators, whose core business caters to the Oil & Gas sector, are enduring with difficult times… Read more »

Source: Gulf Helicopters, 08-Oct-15

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London Air Ambulance buys second MD Explorer

London Air Ambulance buys second MD Explorer

With a figure of almost £4M so far raised  towards a target of £6M, London’s Air Ambulance is doing well financially towards their second helicopter.  Exactly what the monetary trigger point was we are not aware, but the organisation has clearly passed the “BUY” point and have completed on the purchase of a second MD… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Aug-15

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Qatar launches plan to offer helicopter sightseeing tours

Qatar launches plan to offer helicopter sightseeing tours

Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) has launched a new tourism project named Samana (Our Skies), which provides helicopter tours and sightseeing in and around Qatar. See Full Story

Source: Arabian Business, 01-Dec-14

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Gulf Helicopters AW189s supporting Libyan rig from Malta

Gulf Helicopters AW189s supporting Libyan rig from Malta

Gulf Helicopters have taken delivery of three AW189s to date, with a fourth not far away.  The first two of these are now based at Luqa in Malta.  HeliHub.com understands that the Qatar-baesd operator hasopters have a contract to support oil/gas rigs off Libya for Eni North Africa BV and that operations commenced on 24th… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 20-Nov-14

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Lockheed Martin wins $90M Contract for Qatar Apache Targeting and Pilotage Systems

Lockheed Martin wins $90M Contract for Qatar Apache Targeting and Pilotage Systems

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] received a $90.6 million foreign military sale contract from the U.S. Army to provide Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) systems to the Qatar Emiri Air Force. Qatar marks the 14th international customer for the M-TADS/PNVS system. Fielded in 2005, M-TADS/PNVS provides Apache pilots with long-range, precision engagement… Read more »

Source: Lockheed Martin, 14-Oct-14

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Gulf Helicopters take delivery of two AW189s

Gulf Helicopters take delivery of two AW189s

HeliHub can report that Gulf Helicopters are now flying at least two AW189s, although there has been no confirmation yet from manufacturer AgustaWestland regarding their delivery.  Observers have noted helicopters A7-GAA and A7-GAB flying from Doha in recent days.  It is not clear whether these flights are for revenue, training, local certification or experience building… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 30-Jul-14

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Qatar commits to huge military orders including NH90 and AH-64E

Qatar commits to huge military orders including NH90 and AH-64E

Qatar announced contracts worth about $23 billion on Thursday to buy attack helicopters, guided missiles, tankers and other weapons – See full story

Source: Reuters, 28-Mar-14

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Gulf Helicopters’ AW139 Fleet Achieves 50,000 Hour Milestone

Gulf Helicopters’ AW139 Fleet Achieves 50,000 Hour Milestone

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter fleet operated by Gulf Helicopters of Qatar has achieved the milestone of 50,000 flight hours. Gulf Helicopter is one of the largest AW139 operators worldwide and a prime player in the Middle East with 17 helicopters of this type already… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 27-Mar-14

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Airbus Helicopters highlights 30 years of Middle East military support at DIMDEX

Airbus Helicopters highlights 30 years of Middle East military support at DIMDEX

The capabilities of Airbus Helicopters‟ rotorcraft to meet land- and sea-based mission requirements of Middle East military forces will be underscored in the company‟s presence at next week‟s Doha International Defence Exhibition & Conference (DIMDEX). “With 30-plus years of partnership in the Middle East and more than 600 rotorcraft in service, Airbus Helicopters is fully… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-Mar-14

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Airbus Helicopters takes NH90 and AS565 models to DIMDEX exhibition

The multi-role NH90 and the multi-purpose AS565 Panther will take center stage from March 25-27 at the Airbus Group booth at the Doha International Defence Exhibition & Conference (DIMDEX) in Qatar. The scale models of both aircraft highlight Airbus Helicopters’ capability to meet the land- and sea-based mission requirements of Middle East military forces. Come… Read more »

Source: Airbus Helicopters, 24-Mar-14

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Gulf Helicopters orders AW189 EASA Level-C Full Flight Simulator

Gulf Helicopters orders AW189 EASA Level-C Full Flight Simulator

Gulf International Services (“GIS” or “the group”; QE: GISS), the largest service group in Qatar, with interests in a broad cross-section of industries, ranging from insurance, re-insurance, fund management, onshore and offshore drilling, accommodation barge, helicopter transportation, and catering services, is pleased to announce an order for an AW189 EASA CS-FSTD(H) FFS Level C Simulator… Read more »

Source: Gulf Helicopters, 25-Feb-14

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Hamad Medical officially launches AW139 air ambulance fleet

Hamad Medical officially launches AW139 air ambulance fleet

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) Ambulance Service today held an event to announce the successful implementation of three new Agusta Westland AW139 LifeFlight helicopters to increase access to safe and effective emergency healthcare. The event was attended by HE Abdulla Khalid Al Qahtani, Minister for Health, Major General Ghanim bin Shaheen Al Ghanim, Chief of Staff… Read more »

Source: Hamad Medical, 18-Feb-14

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Gulf Helicopters signs firm order for 15 AW189s

Gulf Helicopters signs firm order for 15 AW189s

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Gulf Helicopters of Qatar has signed firm orders for fifteen AW189 helicopters. This signing follows the preliminary sale contract announced in early 2012, confirming customer’s commitment to this new generation model. The first two aircraft are planned to be delivered to the customer in 2014 and… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 17-Nov-13

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Gulf Helicopters’ AW139 fleet passes 40,000 hour milestone

Gulf Helicopters’ AW139 fleet passes 40,000 hour milestone

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter fleet operated by Gulf Helicopters of Qatar has achieved the milestone of 40,000 flight hours. Gulf Helicopters is one of the largest AW139 operators worldwide and a prime player in the Middle East with 15 helicopters of this type already… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 26-Sep-13

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Gulf Helicopters appointed AW139 Authorized Training Centre in Qatar

Gulf Helicopters appointed AW139 Authorized Training Centre in Qatar

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the establishment of Gulf Helicopters as an AgustaWestland Authorised Training Centre.  Doha-based Gulf Helicopters provides training services using an AW139 Level B Full Flight Simulator (FFS) certified by the UK’s CAA as a FFS as per JAR-FSTD H to Level B which incorporates the latest technical advancements… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 26-Sep-13

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Quality Aviation Instruments and Gulf Helicopters announce JV

Quality Aviation Instruments and Gulf Helicopters announce JV

Quality Aviation Instruments, Inc. (QAI) and Gulf Helicopters, Inc. (GHC) announced today from Helitech in London that they have entered into a Joint Venture for component repair facilities to be located in Doha, Qatar.  The agreement covers component repairs of Accessories, Avionics and Instruments. “We have a strong customer base in the Middle East and… Read more »

Source: QAI, 24-Sep-13

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Qatar – Hamad Medical Corporation begins AW139 operations

Qatar – Hamad Medical Corporation begins AW139 operations

Taking over from two MD Explorers, Hamad Medical Corporation has this week launched operations using three AW139s flown by the Qatar Emiri Air Force – see full story   File photo

18-Sep-13

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Qatar – Hamad Medical to buy three larger EMS helicopters

Qatar – Hamad Medical to buy three larger EMS helicopters

Qatari EMS operator Hamad Medical Corp has announced that they will be buying three new helicopters for their Lifeflight fleet.  The aircraft will be operational before the end of 2013 and provide additional cover to the pair of MD Explorers they currently fly.  Part of the imperative for the new aircraft is the desire for… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 21-Feb-13

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Symbiotics implements pilot aptitude scheme for Qatar Emiri Air Force

Symbiotics implements pilot aptitude scheme for Qatar Emiri Air Force

Symbiotics Ltd leading international specialists in human performance assessment and training solutions, has been working with Défense Conseil International (DCI) and the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF), to develop and implement a new aircrew pre-selection solution, aimed at helping stream potential pilots (fixed and rotary wing) into the QEAF elite flying training programme and at… Read more »

Source: Symbiotics, 03-Oct-12

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Qatar requests 24 AH-64D Apache Block II Longbows

Qatar requests 24 AH-64D Apache Block II Longbows

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress July 10 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Qatar for 24 AH-64D APACHE Block III LONGBOW Attack Helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $3.0 billion. The Government of Qatar has requested a possible sale of 24… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 17-Jul-12

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Qatar requests 10 MH-60R and 12 MH-60S, plus options

Qatar requests 10 MH-60R and 12 MH-60S, plus options

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress June 26 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government Qatar of 10 MH-60R SEAHAWK Multi-Mission Helicopters, 12 MH-60S SEAHAWK Multi-Mission Helicopters with the Armed Helicopter Modification Kit, 48 T-700 GE 401C Engines (44 installed and 4 spare) with an option to purchase an additional 6 MH-60S… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 02-Jul-12

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Qatar requests 12 UH-60M Black Hawks in $1.112 billion deal

Qatar requests 12 UH-60M Black Hawks in $1.112 billion deal

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress on June 12 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Qatar of 12 UH-60M BLACK HAWK Utility Helicopters, 26 T700-GE-701D Engines (24 installed and 2 spares), 15 AN/AAR-57 V(7) Common Missile Warning Systems, 15 AN/AVR-2B Laser Detecting Sets, 15 AN/APR-39A(V)4 Radar Signal Detecting Sets, 26… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 15-Jun-12

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Gulf Helicopters honours HE Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah

Gulf Helicopters honours HE Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah

Gulf Helicopters Company has honoured HE Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah, Chairman of the Administrative Control and Transparency Authority, who was instrumental in the company’s growth over the years, by naming its newest helicopter after him (see full story)

16-May-12

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18-Apr-12 AgustaWestland AW139 Doha, Qatar

Emergency return to airfield after loss of right pedal control.  Reported as a tail rotor pitch change link bearing failure

18-Apr-12

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Qatari EMS operator commences night ops

Qatari EMS operator commences night ops

Hamad Medical Corporation’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) rolled out the first phase of its night operations on October 1, enabling it to be ready to respond to emergencies in the outlying parts of Qatar from 6am until midnight. “When we started four years ago, we only operated during the daylight hours of 6am to 6pm…. Read more »

Source: HMC, 13-Oct-11

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Qatar requests six MH-60R Seahawks

Qatar requests six MH-60R Seahawks

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress Wednesday of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Qatar of 6 MH-60R SEAHAWK MultiMission Helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $750 million. The Government of Qatar has requested a possible sale of 6 MH-60R SEAHAWK Multi-Mission Helicopters,… Read more »

Source: DSCA, 23-Sep-11

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Helidax’s success attracts Qatar, Kuwait, Chad, Malaysia and Brazil

Helidax’s success attracts Qatar, Kuwait, Chad, Malaysia and Brazil

Hélidax, the first public-private partnership (PPP) launched by the French Ministry of Defense in 2008, exceeded last June 20 000 flight hours on EC120 Colibri aircraft. A subsidiary of DCI and INAER, Helidax achieved this performance in less of 13 months of operation and trained two batches of trainees for the armed forces. Helidax’s example brought… Read more »

Source: DCI, 31-Aug-11

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IBQ announces $43.6M term loan facility for Gulf Helicopters

IBQ announces $43.6M term loan facility for Gulf Helicopters

IBQ announced that it has extended a QR158.8m term loan facility to Gulf Helicopters Company (GHC). IBQ is the sole provider of the term loan financing to Doha-based GHC for this transaction, which will support the growth and diversification of one of the region’s leading helicopter operators. About The International Bank of Qatar (IBQ): The… Read more »

Source: International Bank of Qatar, 29-Jun-11

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11 Qatar Gazelles complete overhaul in France with DCI-COFRAS

11 Qatar Gazelles complete overhaul in France with DCI-COFRAS

Since the signature of the contract with the Qatar Ministry of Defense two years ago, DCI was in charge of executing major overhaul on 11 Gazelle helicopters. Generally speaking, a major overhaul operation is carried out every 12 years or after 4,000 flight hours and consists of complex and demanding preventive maintenance that guarantees flight… Read more »

Source: DCI, 27-Jun-11

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Gulf Helicopters commissions AW139 simulator

Gulf Helicopters commissions AW139 simulator

Doha-based Gulf Helicopters has commissioned its new AgustaWestland AW139 full motion flight simulator. The simulator incorporates the latest technical advancements in flight simulation, and “state of the art” graphic displays, was officially certified by the UK’s CAA last week initially as a Full Flight simulator (FFS) as per JAR-FSTD H to Level B. Gulf Helicopters… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 02-Jun-11

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02-May-11 A7-GHA AgustaWestland AW139 Doha, Qatar

The aircraft, which was located in the parking area and was preparing to carry out the operation of a flight taxiing to take off-shore, with two crew and nine passengers, suffered the separation along the entire tail rotor.The initial findings have identified a tail rotor blade at approximately 75 m from the aircraft.

02-May-11

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Gulf Helicopters to add nine to fleet by 2015

Gulf Helicopters to add nine to fleet by 2015

Gulf Helicopters have announced plans to invest about 500M Qatari Riyals on new aircraft over the next four years – approx US $137.4M in today’s money.  In parent company Gulf International Services’ five-year business plan released this week, they state that nine new helicopters would join their fleet by 2015 and that they expected demand… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 01-May-11

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Qatar Armed Forces order three EMS AW139s

Qatar Armed Forces order three EMS AW139s

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Qatar Armed Forces have signed a contract for three AW139 medium twin helicopters plus a comprehensive logistics support package. These aircraft will be operated by the Qatar Emiri Air Force to perform emergency medical service missions. This latest contract adds to the one for eighteen… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 21-Mar-11

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Gulf Helicopters signs for another five AW139s

Gulf Helicopters signs for another five AW139s

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the signing of a contract with Gulf Helicopters of Qatar for five AW139 helicopters. The aircraft will be equipped for offshore passenger transportation operations. This latest contract adds to the one for twelve aircraft placed by Gulf Helicopters in 2007 as part of its fleet renewal programme…. Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 21-Feb-11

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Gulf Helicopter secures $30M loan facility

Gulf Helicopter secures $30M loan facility

Gulf Helicopters, an associate company of Qatar Exchange-listed Gulf International Services “GIS”, has secured a loan of 109 million Riyals from Union National Bank Qatar. This is equivalent of around 30 million US Dollars. The loan comes with a flexible facility to fund the company’s ongoing development. HE Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah, Deputy Premier and… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 29-Nov-10

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Boeing to open Qatar office

Boeing to open Qatar office

Executive Paul Kinscherff  acknowledged, “There is continued interest in tactical aircraft, rotorcraft and strategic airlift in the region.”

Source: UPI, 09-Sep-10

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GCAA hosts meeting of Gulf Cooperation Council Helicopter Safety Team

GCAA hosts meeting of Gulf Cooperation Council Helicopter Safety Team

The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) hosted a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council Helicopter Safety Team (GCCHST), attended by all helicopter operators in UAE, Qatar and KSA.

Source: Emirates News Agency, 03-Mar-10

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Gulf Helicopters wins three year offshore contract

Gulf Helicopters wins three year offshore contract

Three year contract in Yemen with a Bell 412

Source: GulfBase, 22-Feb-10

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Qatar’s Lifeflight looks to go 24 hours from March

Qatar’s Lifeflight looks to go 24 hours from March

THE Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at the Hamad Medical Corporation is planning to expand the air ambulance services to a round-the-clock operation by March-end

Source: Gulf Times, 15-Jan-10

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Qatar Armed Forces Take Delivery Of Their First AW139

Qatar Armed Forces Take Delivery Of Their First AW139

The Qatar Armed Forces has taken delivery of its first AW139 medium twin helicopter during an official ceremony held at AgustaWestland’s Vergiate plant in Italy.

Source: AgustaWestland, 30-Nov-09

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Gulf Helicopter signs three-year Bell 212 contract with Saffer

Gulf Helicopter signs three-year Bell 212 contract with Saffer

Gulf Helicopters has entered into a service agreement with Saffer Company for exploration and production in order to use one Helicopter type (Bell 212) to support petroleum operations for 3 years

Source: Peninsula, 16-Sep-09

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The strange case of the AW139 tailboom that came off

An AW139 aircraft had an occurrence resulting in major damage to the aircraft tail boom while ground  taxiing.  There were no injuries to the crew or passengers.

Source: Flightglobal, 28-Aug-09

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25-Aug-09 A7-GHC AgustaWestland AW139 Doha, Qatar

25-Aug-09 A7-GHC AgustaWestland AW139 Doha, Qatar

25-Aug-09

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The Qatar Armed Forces Sign Contract For 18 AW139 Helicopters

The Qatar Armed Forces Sign Contract For 18 AW139 Helicopters

Source: AgustaWestland, 21-Jul-08

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