7-Dec-2011 Source: AgustaWestland
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that SFS Aviation of Thailand has signed a contract for an AW139 medium twin helicopter. The aircraft will be delivered later this month and will be used for offshore transport operations in the Gulf of Thailand from its Songkhla base in southern Thailand.
Vincenzo Alaimo, Head of Region, AgustaWestland, said â€œWe are delighted SFS Aviation has selected the AW139 for its offshore helicopter requirement. SFS Aviation will have the full backing of AgustaWestland Malaysiaâ€™s regional support centre at Kuala Lumpur’s Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, from where we will provide pilot and technician training services as well as comprehensive through life product support services.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. With its power reserve, the AW139 delivers Category A (Class 1) performance from a helipad (elevated or at ground level) at maximum take-off weight with an unmatched one engine inoperative capability. 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. Excellent payload and performance ensure unmatched productivity for offshore operations. Almost 160 customers from over 50 countries have ordered almost 590 helicopters to perform a wide range of roles including offshore transport, EMS/SAR, VIP/corporate transport, law enforcement, utility and government missions.
AgustaWestland Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of AgustaWestland, continues to play a major role in the Malaysian helicopter market expanding its presence and increasing its capabilities through a continued programme of investment. Located at Kuala Lumpur’s Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, AgustaWestland Malaysiaâ€™s regional maintenance and support centre is a Malaysian DCA approved maintenance and repair organization. AgustaWestland Malaysia Sdn Bhd provides local support and training for the growing fleet of AgustaWestland customers in the region.
SFS Aviation Company is a 100% Thai company that belongs to the Siam Chemicals group of companies. It was founded in 1990 by Mr. Chira Ratanarat, a multi-talented CEO and a Â professionally trained helicopter pilot with over 1000 flying hours. The company initially provided services as a means of transport from Bangkok to Si-Chang Island Deep Sea Oil Terminal. The majority of the companyâ€™s shares are owned and managed by the Ratanarat family. Currently they have two operating bases in Thailand: the Bangkok base located at Donmuang airport and one at Songkhla in Southern Thailand. Its headquarters are located in Â Bangkok.
Editor Note – the aircraft involved is serial number 31382 from the Italian production line, registered HS-SFI