4-Apr-2011 Source: AgustaWestland
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that a Heliportugal AW139 medium twin helicopter was used to support the visit of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in Portugal on March 31st. The aircraft took off from Air Base No6 Montijo bound for the airfield at Evora. The helicopter later transferred the 13 VIP passengers to the helipad in Cascais Marina.
The aircraft offered incredible levels of comfort and a smooth flight to the planned destination thanks to the largest cabin and the best performance in the medium twin class. The AW139 also proved extremely flexible operating from a variety of areas to successfully accomplish the mission. This latest event confirms AgustaWestland as the leading helicopter company in the world market for VVIP transport purposes through the most comprehensive range of dedicated helicopters. A number of governments have chosen or are already operating AgustaWestland helicopters for government or VVIP transport duties such as the UK, India and Japan just to name a few.
A new generation medium twin-turbine helicopter setting new standards against which all new medium twins 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 avionics equipment and outstanding performance enable the AW139 to accomplish its mission in the most demanding conditions. The AW139 has found great success in India, especially for VIP/corporate and offshore transport purposes. Orders for more than 500 AW139s have been placed by over 140 customers from around 50 countries for many applications including VIP/corporate transport, offshore transport, EMS/SAR, law enforcement, fire fighting, utility and other commercial and government roles.
Established in 1982, Heliportugal is the largest helicopter operator in Portugal. Based in Cascais, Tires, Heliportugalâ€™s operations extend to Portugal, Spain, Morocco and Greece, Tunisia and Nigeria. Its large helicopter fleet includes three AW139s. Services comprise executive and sightseeing flights, photo and filming, emergency medical service, life line work, fire fighting, sling load, geological survey, forest fertilising and off-shore operations.