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Bristow Helicopters puts first AW189 into service

July 25, 2014, Norwich, U.K. - Bristow Helicopters has performed the first commercial flight with the new AgustaWestland AW189 super-medium helicopter from its Norwich base.


July 25, 2014
By Flightglobal.com

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Taking place on Monday 21 July, Bristow used the 8.3t rotorcraft to
transport eight passengers for customer GDF Suez E&P from its
facility in the east of the UK to the Cygnus field in the southern North
Sea.

The helicopter (G-OENA) is the first of two of the type to
be stationed at the Norwich site, and will perform the 240nm (444km)
return flight once daily. The frequency could be raised to three times
per day as the new field develops, says Bristow.

Bristow has a further four of the General Electric CT7-powered AW189s
on order for oil and gas missions, configured in a 16-passenger layout.

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Mike
Imlach, managing director, Bristow Helicopters says it is “excited to
be the launch customer” for the helicopter, which received EASA
certification earlier this year.

Bristow will also use a fleet of
11 AW189s to perform search and rescue missions in the UK when it takes
over the contract from the nation’s armed forces from 2015.

AgustaWestland has taken firm orders for 80 of the rotorcraft, records Flightglobal's Ascend Fleets database.


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