19-Nov-2013 Source: AgustaWestland
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that FAS (Falcon Aviation Services) of Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) has signed firm orders for two AW169 light intermediate helicopters. The announcement was made during an official ceremony held at the Dubai Airshow on November 18th in presence of HH Sheik Zayed bin Sultan bin Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahyan, CEO and Vice Chairman of Falcon Aviation Services, and Mahmood Ismael, COO of Falcon Aviation Services.
These orders follow the preliminary sales contract signed in September 2011. The contract will expand FAS’ fleet of AgustaWestland helicopters, which already includes a mix of four light twin helicopters including the Grand and GrandNew models.
FAS has established itself as a leader in the aviation market through the provision of innovative products and services. With its main operating base at Al Bateen Executive Airport, situated in the City Centre of Abu Dhabi, FAS is ideally located to serve its customers. Its helicopter and corporate jet fleet offer a wide range of capability, performance and comfort to satisfy its growing list of clients. FAS’ services include corporate jet charter, helicopter tourism, aerial photography & filming, aerial banner advertising, offshore / on-shore oil & gas support, aircraft maintenance (helicopters & executive jets) and aircraft management. FAS is constantly modernizing its fleet to remain abreast of all the technology in the aviation industry. With this new purchase it is enforcing its commitment to provide the latest to its customers. FAS is proud to be one of the first operators to order the AW169 and is confident it will serve its market and customers well.
A versatile, new generation twin engine light intermediate category helicopter, the AW169 has been designed in response to the growing market demand for an aircraft that delivers high performance, meets all the latest safety standards and has multi-role capabilities. The 4.5 tonne AW169 incorporates several new technology features to provide the highest levels of safety and operational benefits for its customers. The AW169 is set to be the most advanced and cost effective helicopter in its class for a number of applications such as passenger and offshore transport, EMS, SAR, law enforcement, and utility. With all four prototypes having logged more than 470 flight hours so far, the AW169 is on schedule to obtain certification in 2014 together with a comprehensive set of mission kits, dedicated support services and training tools immediately available.
More than 100 AW169s have already been ordered by more than 30 customers in over 10 countries worldwide to perform a range of roles. The AW169 is part of the AgustaWestland Family of new generation helicopters that includes the AW139 and AW189 models, which posses the same high performance flight characteristics and safety features as well as sharing a common cockpit layout, design philosophy and maintenance concept. This commonality will allow more effective operations for customers operating helicopter fleets across the 4 to 8.5 tonne categories.