Bristow Helicopters will offer the AgustaWestland AW189 helicopter to its oil and gas clients from early 2014. Bristow will be the first helicopter operator to introduce the AW189, and the company already has six AW189 aircraft on order.
The pre-production model was flown to Norwich International Airport where Bristow’s senior management team showcased the aircraft to a number of its clients on 30 July.
Mike Imlach, managing director, Bristow Helicopters, said: ‘Bristow has a long and productive relationship with AgustaWestland and we are honoured to be the launch customer for the AW189. It is a superb aircraft which will fill a gap between the medium and heavy helicopter markets. Once in operation it will be of the highest technical specification, meet all the latest safety requirements and will enable us to offer our clients state-of-the-art capabilities.
‘We expect to be able to offer the model to our clients in Q1 of 2014 once the relevant certifications have been obtained and training completed. We will also be installing our own AW189 flight simulator at our Dyce training base in early 2015 so that we can train our pilots in house.’
Bristow recently signed a contract for 11 Search and Rescue AW189s to be used in the delivery of the UK Search and Rescue contract which the company was awarded by the Department for Transport. Search and Rescue operations will begin in 2015 and continue until 2026.
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