PARIS: AgustaWestland stays keen on family values

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AgustaWestland is continuing to push its family concept for civil rotorcraft with a static display at Paris featuring two of its in-development helicopters, the AW169 and its bigger brother, the AW189.

The AW189 on display is a flight-test prototype painted in the livery of Bristow Group, which is due to take delivery of its first of six offshore transport-configured aircraft later this year.

So far, the 8t type has accumulated around 1,500h across the four aircraft test fleet and will be certificated "in the next two to three months", says the Anglo-Italian airframer. EASA approval for the latest variant of the GE CT7 that powers the AW189 is imminent, it adds.

 

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Meanwhile, the 4t AW169, represented at Paris with a flight-test example, has accumulated over 300h ahead of certification next year. AgustaWestland has around 80 commitments for the type, it says.

Two operators, Bond Offshore Helicopters and Weststar Aviation Services, have orders in place for the entire rotorcraft family, which also includes the medium twin AW139, says AgustaWestland.

Additional orders for all three types are anticipated this week, it adds.

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