AgustaWestland has delivered three more AW139 medium twin-engine helicopters to Saudi Aramco to support the state-owned company's oil and gas operations in Saudi Arabia. The first AW139 was delivered to Saudi Aramco in 2008. More than 460 of the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6C-67C-powered aircraft have been delivered to date to more than 130 customers, says the Anglo-Italian airframer.


Online charter trader Avinode has added the UK largest helicopter charter and management company PremiAir to its growing membership. The move follows Avinode's recent decision to extend its web technology to helicopters and enable charter broker users to search availability between chosen helipads, or any location where helicopters are permitted to land, says PremiAir. The Avinode system currently processes up to 75,000 charter requests monthly.


Jet Aviation Basel is modifying a Boeing 727 to comply with Special Federal Regulation 88, introduced by the US Federal Aviation Administration to help prevent the potential for ignition sources within aircraft fuel tanks. "These modifications can take up to six weeks to complete. They have involved the removal of the auxiliary fuel tanks from the forward and aft baggage/cargo bays for modification and extensive cabin access to replace the complete auxiliary fuel system wiring loom," says Jet Aviation.


Bond Offshore Helicopters' two Eurocopter AS365N3 Dauphin helicopters have entered service in the UK sector of the southern North Sea to support crew change operations for oil and gas exploration company Perenco with whom it has secured a £45 million ($65 million), five-year contract. The medium, twin-engine aircraft are based on the East Leman gas platform and at Norwich Airport. The latest expansion brings Bond's fleet to 14 aircraft.

Source: Flight International