24-Feb-2010 Source: AgustaWestland
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica Company, is pleased to announce that FAASA Group of Spain has taken delivery of an additional four AW119Ke single engine helicopters for fire-fighting missions. The handover brings the number of AW119Kes in service with this operator to twenty units making FAASA Group one of the largest operators of this model in the world. Two of these aircrafts will be operated by Heliduero.
FAASA Group operates throughout Spain, particularly in the Castilla-La Mancha, Andalucia and Castilla y LeÃ³n regions. The operator provided a major contribution to the 2009 fire-fighting season in Spain deploying up to sixteen AW119 helicopters. The aircraft performed impressively and achieved high reliability and effectiveness in the harsh operating environment. Now this latest fleet expansion, with the addition of four more units, will ensure even greater operational capabilities.
The 8-seats AW119Ke is the top-of-the-range helicopter in the single engine market and has excellent performance even in extremely hot and high operating environments. The helicopter, with a MGW of 3,150 kg (6,945 lb) with external loads is a highly effective utility helicopter and is proving its abilities in the fire-fighting role in several countries using a traditional Bambi bucket or a Simplex conformal tank. Over 190 AW119 helicopters have been ordered to date in nearly 30 countries by almost 90 customers. The AW119Ke is perfectly suited to perform several tasks including utility, fire-fighting, EMS, VIP/corporate transport, offshore transport, law enforcement and military duties.
FAASA Group, one of the first operator to have chosen and introduced into service the AW119Ke and the first type operator in Europe, is one of the leading Spanish companies providing helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft for fire-fighting. FAASA Groupâ€™s AW119s have accomplished several demanding fire fighting missions thanks to the outstanding performance of this single engine type as well as to the rigorous training provided by FAASA to the personnel. FAASA Group is also present in Chile through FAASA Chile and started operating the AW119Ke in Chile in 2009. The appointment of FAASA AviaciÃ³n as a new AgustaWestland service station in 2009 further expanded the number of service and spare-parts centres worldwide as part of AgustaWestlandâ€™s customer focus strategy and one of the major steps to provide ever improving support to its growing customer base.