KUALA LUMPUR: Weststar Aviation Services has inked a deal today with Italy’s AgustaWestland to purchase 10 more AW139 helicopters, as part of the company’s expansion strategy.
“AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, and Weststar Aviation Services are pleased to announce that a contract for 10 AW139 intermediate twin helicopters was signed today at the Singapore Air Show by Vincenzo Alaimo, Managing Director of AgustaWestland Malaysia Sdn Bhd, and General Tan Sri Muhammad Ismail Jamaluddin (R), Weststar Aviation Services CEO,” said a statement from Weststar Aviation on Tuesday.
According to Weststar, the additional order by one of the major oil & gas operators in the area signifies the success of the AW139 and of AgustaWestland for offshore missions with a 56% market share in the intermediate category in the last 5 years.
“The AW139 helicopters already make up the majority of the Weststar Aviation Services fleet and we have enjoyed a stellar track record utilising them. As Weststar Aviation Services now moves forward in its international expansion efforts, we are delighted and confident to further cement AgustaWestland as our preferred helicopter partner,” said Ismail.
Ismail also said that the model not only has the same high performance flight characteristics and safety features but also shared a common cockpit layout, design philosophy and maintenance concepts like AW169 and AW189, which are bigger than AW139.