27-Feb-2015 Source: AgustaWestland
AgustaWestland announced today the delivery of the next batch of three AW139 intermediate twin helicopters to the Joint Aviation Command of the United Arab Emirates (JAC). These aircrafts will be used to perform search and rescue missions in UAE. Additional three AW139s are expected to be delivered later this year. The delivery of the three units was announced during an official ceremony held at IDEX (Abu Dhabi) yesterday.
The delivery further expands the presence of the bestselling AW139 in the UAE, confirming the nation’s satisfaction with its outstanding operational capabilities, reliability and safety standards. JAC is one of several operators who have already selected and operate the AW139 in UAE for a wide range of missions including passenger transport, utility, law enforcement, search and rescue and offshore transport. More than 60 AW139 helicopters are currently operated in the UAE by various customers.
JAC’s AW139s will benefit from a range of MRO and logistics services provided on site by AgustaWestland Aviation Services Ltd (AWAS, an Abu Dhabi Aviation and AgustaWestland joint venture) to ensure maximized operational effectiveness to perform critical missions.
Advanced technology and outstanding one engine inoperative performance make the AW139 the intermediate twin-engine helicopter of choice. Two powerful PT6-67UAECturboshaft engines with FADEC minimize pilot workload and offer high power margins for maximum safety. Over 840 AW139 helicopters have been sold to more than 220 customers in over 70 countries worldwide to date.
The AW139 has been selected by and is now performing rescue missions with a large number of operators in the Middle East and globally. The AW139, as the market leader in its class, is also widely used for offshore transport, passenger transport, law enforcement, emergency medical transport, passenger transport and firefighting.
The AW139 helicopter is part of AgustaWestland’s family of new generation helicopters that also includes the AW169 and AW189. These helicopters possess the same high-performance flight characteristics and safety features whilst sharing the same common cockpit concept and design philosophy. This approach facilitates synergies for operators of these models in areas such as training, maintenance and support.