Toll Helicopters orders two more AW139s supporting Australian Defence
March 1, 2023 By Helicopters Staff
Australian operator Toll Helicopters has placed an order for two additional Leonardo AW139s, which will join a fleet of three intermediate twin engine AW139s currently supporting a range of activities including pilot and aircrew officer training, utility support to ADF exercises and emergency response and disaster relief missions. The aircraft will be delivered from Leonardo’s Vergiate final assembly line facility in Italy in the second half of 2023 and bring Toll’s fleet of AW139s to a total of 12.
The newly purchased AW139s will support Toll Helicopters contract delivery across two programs, a Crash Response Helicopter Service for the 1st Aviation Regiment in Darwin and the Army Commercial Helicopter program currently based out of the 5th Aviation Regiment in Townsville. The aircraft features searchlight, hoist, cargo hook, provisions for EO/IR equipment to support a range of training and emergency response and disaster relief missions.
The AW139 with more than 60 of the type selected by operators in Australia serves a range of roles like Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS), Search and Rescue (SAR), law enforcement, offshore and defence in the country. There are now more than 1,130 AW139 units in service around the world with more than 280 customers and over 3.6 million flight hours logged to date since its certification in 2004.
Toll Helicopters, headquartered in Brisbane, provides specialized mission-critical helicopter services and training for government, defence and civil sectors, specializing in helicopter emergency medical services, search and rescue operations, airborne law enforcement, training and logistics support. Toll is a Leonardo Authorized Training Centre with the only OEM-approved AW139 Full Flight Simulator in the Oceania region.