India's Andhra Pradesh state government has ordered an AW139 for use in executive transport missions. AgustaWestland says 4 other Indian state governments already operate the AW139, and that India has become a significant helicopter market. To support the 20 AgustaWestland helicopters currently on order or recently delivered in India, the company has appointed OSS Air as a factory-authorized service center, providing spares and maintenance.
Bell Helicopter Canada has opened a new 38,000 sq ft Canadian supply center at YYC (Calgary AB, Canada) in the airport's Global Logistics Parks. Bell says the expanded center will continue to be Bell's primary Canadian distribution facility.
Metro Aviation of Shreveport LA has contracted to complete 4 aeromedical-configured Eurocopter AS350B3 AStars for Omniflight Helicopters at ADS (Addison, Dallas TX). The work will be done at Metro's main facility near DTN (Downtown, Shreveport LA). All 4 helicopters are due to be delivered in 2009.
An off-airport heliport-the Stars and Stripes Heliplex-has opened for business serving Las Vegas NV. Located in North Las Vegas, the facility offers air tours, including night flights over the Las Vegas strip. The company has a 15,000 sq ft facility and offers helicopter maintenance and hangar rental. The facility is operated by the Trenk family, which also operates helicopters and heliport facilities in New York City, St Louis MO and Boulder City NV.
AgustaWestland reports that its AW119 Ke (Koala enhanced) high-performance single-engine helicopter is now operational in Europe and North America. First customers to use the AW119 Ke include FAASA Aviación in Spain, Air Engiadina in Switzerland and Seacor in the US. Since the AW119Ke was introduced in 1Q07, the company says it has acquired 180 orders from 80 customers in 20 countries.
AgustaWestland (AW) and Oboronprom Corp have announced an agreement under which Oboronprom will assemble AW139s in Russia. The helicopters built by Oboronprom will be primarily for the market in Russia and former Soviet republics. The agreement is part of a larger pact announced in May at the Moscow Intl Exhibition HeliRussia 2008 under which Oboronprom will represent AgustaWestland and establish a network of service centers to support its helicopters in the former USSR.
Sikorsky has sold an S92 VIP helicopter to Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL), the state-owned airline of Azerbaijan. The helicopter will be used for corporate/VIP missions and is scheduled for delivery in 1Q11. Sikorsky says the AZAL deal includes options for 2 addition S92s configured for offshore oil missions. Meanwhile, Azerbaijan-based Intl Handling Company (IHC) has ordered 2 S92s for use in offshore oil operations, with first delivery scheduled for 2010. The contract also contains options for IHC to acquire 4 more S92s.
Bristow Group Senior VP Western Hemisphere Mark Duncan (L) and Eurocopter Pres & CEO Lutz Bertling announce Bristow's purchase of 3 EC135s and 2 additional EC225s at the Farnborough Air Show. The sale brings Bristow's orders for the EC225 to 15, scheduled for delivery by the end of 2011. Bristow says it will use the EC225s to support its international oil and gas customers.
REB Technologies (REBTECH) of Bedford TX has received a contact from the Texas Dept of Public Safety (DPS) to modify 6 helicopters with night vision technology equipment. The helicopters-5 AS350B2 AStars and 1 EC145-are due to be completed this year. Other REBTECH night vision customers include the California Highway Patrol, the City of Ontario (CA) Police Dept, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and aeromedical helicopter operator Med-Trans.
Bell Helicopter reports that Hawker Pacific (HP) has ordered 12 Bell 407s and 2 Bell 206B3s. HP is Bell's sales representative in Australia and neighboring countries. HP says it expects the helicopters to be used to support mining operations in New Caledonia, corporate and private operations in Australia and New Zealand, and logistics support operations in Papua New Guinea.