22-Jul-2010 Source: AgustaWestland
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica Company, is pleased to announce that it has sold one AW119Ke single engine and one Grand light twin helicopter in Chile. These two contracts mark the entrance of the AW119Ke and the Grand into the Chilean helicopter market. Both the AW119Ke and Grand will be used by private customers for corporate transport purposes. AgustaWestland has previously sold and delivered to Carabineros de Chile four law enforcement-configured AW109 Power light twin helicopters.
The AW119Ke is AgustaWestlandâ€™s answer to worldwide demand for a high performance, modern, multi-role single-engine helicopter and it has achieved great success in many markets for VIP/corporate transport, EMS, offshore transport, utility and fire fighting applications. Around 190 helicopters have been ordered almost 90 customers in nearly 30 countries so far.
A modern light twin helicopter developed to meet a range of market requirements; the Grand provides levels of cabin space and payload that can only be matched by larger, more expensive helicopters. With its large cabin, wide sliding cabin doors and high payload, the Grand sets a new standard in the market. The Grand is perfectly suited for VIP/corporate transport, EMS, offshore transport, harbour pilot shuttle and other missions. Almost 290 aircraft have been ordered by about 150 customers from more than 30 countries to date.
AgustaWestland was awarded a contract in 2006 for the supply of four AW109 Power light twin helicopters for the Carabineros de Chile to perform law enforcement, search and rescue and transport duties. The Carabineros de Chile has primary responsibility for public order and safety, crime control, counter terrorism, drug control and border security. The four aircraft in service are exceeding operational availability targets thanks to their high reliability and ease of maintenance as well as the ever increasing levels of service being provided by AgustaWestland in South America.