Chinese firm orders two new A139s
September 15, 2011 ByCarey Fredericks
Sept. 15, 2011, Qinghai, China - AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that Qinghai Zhingao Natural Gas and Chemical of China has placed an order for two AW139 medium twin helicopters.
The aircraft, configured for VIP transport purposes, will be used to support operations of a new general aviation subsidiary.
The customer, following a rigorous assessment of operational capabilities, performance, technological features and cabin space, chose the AW139. One of the two helicopters will be fitted with a unique mixed VIP-utility configuration including a FLIR camera and rescue hoist. This aircraft will be operated in Gulmud, Qinghai province, Western China, which is at an elevation of 2,800 m (9,200 ft). The second AW139 will be operated in Chengdu, Sichuan province, Southwest China.
This order continues the growing success of the multirole AW139 in China where the type has been chosen by various operators to perform law enforcement, disaster relief, civil protection, fire fighting and passenger transport missions. AgustaWestland’s success in the fast growing Chinese commercial helicopter market has resulted in orders for over 30 helicopters to have been placed in recent years.