Saudi Arabia’s THC makes massive AW139 investment
March 23, 2022 By Helicopters Staff
The Helicopter Company of Saudi Arabia reached a purchase agreement for 16 firm and 6 optional intermediate, twin-engine Leonardo AW139 helicopters. The helicopters are to be used for emergency medical service (EMS) and corporate transport missions across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Deliveries began at the start of this year and are expected to be complete within the next three years. These aircraft add to The Helicopter Company’s (THC) existing AW139 fleet of seven helicopters.
“We are really excited to expand significantly our Leonardo fleet with this new order,” said Captain Arnaud Martinez, CEO of The Helicopter Company. “The AW139 is certainly one of the most reliable platforms in the industry and the “best in class” transportation in this category.”
Leonardo describes the AW139 as the world’s most important helicopter program since its certification in 2004 and the bestselling type in its category. The AW139 has logged orders for more than 1,200 units from more than 290 customers in over 70 countries to date. The type has proven extremely successful in the Middle East with more than 170 units sold across the region for a range of missions like corporate transport, emergency medical service, search and rescue, law enforcement, offshore transport, government duties.