21-Jul-2010 Source: AgustaWestland
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Samsung Techwin Co. of South Korea has taken delivery of a second AW139 medium twin engine helicopter. A ceremony on the 30th June 2010 held at Samsung facilities in Seoul Gimpo airport was held to mark the entry into service of the second AW139 helicopter. This aircraft will join the first one delivered in October 2009 to perform corporate transport missions and replace ageing helicopters in the same category.
AgustaWestlandâ€™s Head of Region, NE Asia, Andrew Symonds. said â€The Samsung AW139 contract is a significant achievement for AgustaWestland in Korea and we expect this success to lead to further orders in the corporate transportation and VIP market.â€
Samsungâ€™s order was the first one for the type in the commercial market in South Korea, further expanding the rapidly growing success of the best selling medium twin, following orders in the government market placed by the Korea Coast Guard, Gangwon Fire Fighting Department and Gyeonggi Fire Fighting Department. Samsung Techwinâ€™s aviation department is an importantÂ commercial helicopter operator in South Korea providing passenger, cargo and VIP transportation services as well as EMS services with an outstanding safety record. The selection of the AW139 by Samsung confirms its ability to satisfy the most stringent requirements in terms of performance, safety, payload and comfort.
A new generation medium twin-turbine helicopter setting new standards against which all new medium twin are measured, the AW139 has been designed with inherent multi-role capability and flexibility of operation, offering unmatched performance and safety levels as well as the largest and the most comfortable cabin in its class. State-of-the-art mission-dedicated technology and equipment and outstanding performance features enable the AW139 to accomplish its mission in demanding conditions. Orders for more than 460 AW139s have been placed by over 130 customers from almost 50 countries for many applications including VIP/corporate transport, EMS/SAR, law enforcement, offshore transport, fire fighting, utility and other commercial and government roles.