The AgustaWestland AW189 has arrived in South America, and is expected to start offshore operations in the near future from Cabo Frio in Brazil, near Rio de Janeiro. Operated by Aeroleo, part of the Era Group, serials 49025 and 49028 were shipped to Brazil in March and are going through a normal introduction project, getting everyone up to speed on type and all the relevant paperwork in order. One of the AW189s now displays the registration PR-AEY. Both are in the standard Era Group colours – red/black/silver/white
In Era’s latest financial report, they advised that they have five AW189s on order for delivery between 2017 and 2019, and the pair in Brazil are believed to be part of that order. They are also expecting two S92s in the same timescale, one of which was put into service in April. Orders are also in place for five AW169s – although no dates have yet been put to those aircraft – and a further ten AW169s are on option.
Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com