Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Rotorcraft Report: AW139 Begins Service with Bel Air
Denmark’s Bel Air has taken delivery of its first AgustaWestland AW139. The 12-seat aircraft will be used for offshore transport services. At a handover ceremony that included Prince Henrik of Denmark, consort to the Queen of Denmark Margrethe II, Bel Air dubbed the helicopter "Spirit of Agusta" to honor the "fantastic support [AW has] provided since the very beginning," said Susanne H. Lastein, managing director for Bel Air.
The AW139 is the first of a series of helicopters that Bel Air will receive. The company has also become an AgustaWestland service center for the AW139 in Denmark. According to AgustaWestland, more than 150 AW139s are operating in the offshore capacity around the globe.