AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce Life Flight Network has signed a contract for 15 AW119Ke helicopters to meet its future air medical helicopter transport requirements. The contract was signed today by Michael Griffiths, Life Flight Network’s CEO, and Bruno Spagnolini, AgustaWestland’s CEO during a ceremony held at Heli-Expo in Dallas, Texas. Aircraft deliveries will start in late 2012 and continue through to 2014 operating from bases in the Northwestern United States, in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
Bruno Spagnolini, CEO, AgustaWestland, said at the ceremony “Life Flight Network is recognized as one of the best EMS organizations in the United States, so it gives us great pleasure that they have selected the AW119Ke to meet their future requirements. We are sure the AW119Ke will exceed their expectations and deliver an enhanced capability which will allow Life Flight Network to deliver even greater levels of patient care.”
“Life Flight Network’s substantial investment in the purchase of 15 AW119KE helicopters will lead our air medical program into the future with helicopters that are safe, reliable, powerful and fast,” said Michael Griffiths, CEO, Life Flight Network.
He added “AgustaWestland is working in partnership with us to ensure we will be able to maintain the consistent level of excellence our EMS and hospital partners expect and our patients deserve. Our new AW119Ke helicopters will provide us with valuable benefits like a state-of-the-art avionics package, a spacious patient cabin capable of transporting two patients with full body access and reduced operating costs.”
The AW119Ke is the top-of-the-range helicopter in the single engine market and has excellent performance even in extremely hot and high operating environments. The helicopter, with a maximum gross weight of 2,850 kg (6,9283 lb), is powered by a Pratt & Whitney PT6B-37A engine that is rated at 1002 shp (747 kW) for take-off, delivering exceptional performance in hot and high conditions as well as a class leading maximum speed of 152 knots (282 km/h), enabling the AW119Ke to get to patients quicker.
The aircraft will be equipped with a comprehensive medical interior with two stretchers. In the cockpit the Life Flight Network aircraft will be equipped with the Garmin G1000H “glass” flight deck to enhance pilot situational awareness and safety by integrating the control and presentation of virtually all flight, sensor and instrument data onto the two large area displays.
Over 200 AW119 helicopters have been ordered to date in more than 30 countries by almost 100 customers. The AW119Ke is perfectly suited to perform many tasks including utility, fire-fighting, EMS, VIP/corporate transport, offshore transport, law enforcement and military duties.
- US Navy selects Leonardo AW119 for trainer – first order for 32 placed
- Brazil approves Astronautics EFI on AW109 and AW119
- FAA approves Astronautics EFI on Leonardo AW109 and AW119
- Israel orders seven Leonardo AW119Kx trainers to replace Bell 206s
- Nepalese Army Agusta AW139 makes maiden flight form Kathmandu
- Nepalese Army takes delivery of AW139
- Leonardo performs TH-119 avionics power
- Leonardo adds Authorised Service Centre in Chile
- FAA approves AMS lightweight medical interior for AW109 and AW119
- FAA approves AMS ambulance interior for AW119 and AW109
- Uralhelicom sees increase in new helicopter sales
- 09-Jun-17 VT-NRK AgustaWestland AW119 Badrinath, India (1F)
- Israel and Italy Discuss Training Helicopter Contract
- Leonardo strengthens strategic partnership with Shanghai Zenisun
- FAA approves Sky Connect Tracker III on AW109 and AW119
- Able Aerospace Services joins Leonardo Helicopters service network
- Leonardo adds AW169 and AW189 to Kaan Air distributor agreement in Turkey
- AgustaWestland sold $1.3 Billion worth of helicopters to Algeria
- New Mexico – Lifeguard Air Emergency Services to launch AW119Kx operations
- Finmeccanica picks FreeFlight RA4500 radalt as AW119 standard