7-Mar-2011 Source: AgustaWestland
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the OMNI Group, a Portugal-based company has signed a contract for three AW139 medium twin engine helicopters to be used to perform offshore transport missions. The purchase also includes options for additional AW139 purchases. Emilio Dalmasso, Senior Vice President Commercial Business Unit, AgustaWestland said â€œWe are very pleased to have signed this agreement with OMNI Group, one of the worldâ€™s fastest growing providers of helicopter services. This latest order for the best selling AW139 by OMNI Group reinforces AgustaWestlandâ€™s view that the AW139 is the best available helicopter in its class for offshore transport and many other missions. We are sure OMNI Group and their customers will be delighted with the aircraft.â€
State-of-the-art technology, outstanding performance, low operating costs and the only helicopter in its class to meet the latest safety standards, have made the AW139 the helicopter of choice in the medium twin market. The AW139 is a new generation medium twin-engine helicopter offering unmatched performance, capacity and safety. It meets the most stringent civil and government certification standards, including the FAA and JAA FAR/JAR Part 29 requirements. An ergonomic cockpit, excellent handling characteristics and low vibration levels significantly reduce pilot fatigue and enhance comfort.
Two powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6C-67C engines with FADEC deliver a high power-to-weight ratio maximising safety in demanding operational conditions, including Cat A, Class 1 hot and high sorties. The standard configuration provides seating for twelve or fifteen passengers in a large and bright 8.0 m3 cabin with excellent ease of access and egress via large sliding cabin doors. Over 140 customers from more than 50 countries have ordered over 500 helicopters to perform a wide range of roles also including offshore transport, EMS/SAR, VIP/corporate transport, law enforcement, utility and government missions. OMNI Group is a major provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry based on the number of aircraft operated. Through its subsidiaries, affiliates and joint ventures, the Company is rapidly expanding its offshore operations in the oil and gas producing regions of the world.