AgustaWestland announceed that Helistar de Aviacion of Colombia has signed a contract for two AW139 intermediate twin helicopters, marking the entrance of the type in the Latin American country and the first offshore AW139 in Spanish South America.
These aircraft, whose delivery is expected in 2015, will be used to support the offshore OGP industry and will also have provisions to operate emergency medical service missions. The signature took place during Expodefensa 2014 in Bogotà.
With this contract, Helistar will benefit from the outstanding performance and features of the AW139, the helicopter of choice in its weights class for the transport of oil & gas workers around the world, with approximately 300 units in service or on order. Over 800 AW139s have now been ordered worldwide by approximately 220 customers with more than 700 units already in service to perform a wide range of roles including search and rescue, emergency medical services, offshore transport, VIP/corporate transport, law enforcement, homeland security and utility.
State-of-the-art technology, outstanding performance, low operating costs and the latest safety standards have made the AW139 the helicopter of choice in the intermediate 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 AW139 can carry up to 15 passengers in its spacious cabin.