AgustaWestland’s AW139 surpasses 1 million flight hours
Aug. 5, 2014, Farnborough, U.K. - AgustaWestland has announced the AW139 global fleet has now flown more than 1 million flight hours, achieving this impressive milestone in just ten years of operations.
By Carey Fredericks
This milestone has been achieved with aircraft flying in the some of the
most demanding environmental conditions around the world whilst
performing a wide range of missions with commercial, government and
Over 770 AW139s have been ordered by more than 200 customers in over 60
nations worldwide and today more than 650 aircraft are in service,
making the AW139 the bestselling helicopter in its weight category and
the benchmark type with a 56% market share in the last five years. The
AW139 fleet leading aircraft has now flown more than 9,300 hours.
The AW139 sets new standards for offshore transport duties supporting
the oil and gas industry, and equally excels in a wide spectrum of
missions including rescue, homeland security, military transport and
The AW139 complies with the latest certification and safety standards,
offering outstanding overall performance with impressive power margin
and one engine inoperative capability for added safety. The AW139 also
has the most spacious cabin in its class that can seat up to 15
passengers or up to four litters plus medical attendants.
Designed to allow high versatility and customized solutions, the AW139
is available with more than 1000 certified equipment options. Among some
of the latest innovative systems available for the type are the LIPS
and FIPS (Limited and Full Icing Protection Systems respectively), and
the OPLS (Obstacle Proximity Lidar System) that enhance mission
capability and safety.
The AW139 helicopter is part of AgustaWestland’s family of new
generation helicopters that also includes the AW169 and AW189. These
helicopters all possess the same high-performance flight characteristics
and safety features whilst sharing the same common cockpit concept and
design philosophy. This approach facilitates synergies for operators of
these models in areas such as training, maintenance and support.
AW139 final assembly lines are located at AgustaWestland’s Vergiate and
Philadelphia facilities in Italy and the USA, and at Helivert’s facility
near Moscow in Russia. AgustaWestland’s facilities in Poland and the UK
are also involved in the manufacture of the AW139, supplying the
airframe and transmission items respectively to the final assembly