Thursday, March 19, 2015
Weststar Orders Three AgustaWestland Airframes
Weststar Group has signed a contract for three helicopters from AgustaWestland: one AW119Kx, one GrandNew and one AW169. This latest contract brings Weststar Group's total number of AgustaWestland helicopters to 40. With this order, subsidiary Weststar General Aviation Sdn Bhd will begin using AgustaWestland helicopters for executive transport services, after years of successful offshore missions using the AW139 and, more recently, the AW189.
The order was signed on March 18 at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) Exhibition 2015 by Emilio Dalmasso, SVP Commercial Business Unit, and Y.Bhg. Tan Sri Syed Azman Syed Ibrahim, Weststar Group’s Managing Director. The signing was witnessed by Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, Defense Minister of Malaysia.
Photo courtesy of AgustaWestland
Weststar is the first operator in Asia of the new generation AW189 super medium class helicopter that can carry up to 19 passengers. Weststar has been operating the AW139 in operations to support the oil and gas industry in Malaysia since April 2011 and more recently in Thailand and several African nations. While already operating the AW139 and AW169, Weststar Aviation Services will be the first operator worldwide to introduce into service the complete AgustaWestland family of new generation helicopters after receiving its first AW189 helicopter at a delivery ceremony held earlier at the trade exhibition. The AW189 helicopter is one out of four Weststar Aviation Services had ordered at the previous LIMA’13.
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