Tuesday, November 1, 2011
GrandNew Flies Over France, UAE
|Haughey Air’s AW139 will serve as a corporate/VIP transport. AgustaWestland|
|Societe FCL’s GrandNew will operate between Paris and the French Riviera. AgustaWestland|
AgustaWestland has delivered a GrandNew to Societe FCL of France for private and charter services in Paris and the French Riviera. The manufacturer signed a separate GrandNew contract with Falcon Aviation Services (FAS), based out of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The purchase of the VIP transport helicopter expands Falcon’s current fleet, which already includes two GrandNew variants. FAS also ordered two AW169s in addition to the GrandNew, becoming the first to introduce the model to UAE skies. AW also inked contracts with Haughey Air Limited of Northern Ireland and Blueway AS of Norway for AW139s. Blueway is adding a fifth AW139 to a framework agreement from early 2011. The contract also contains an option to purchase four more AW139s. Haughey Air’s AW139 will be used for corporate and VIP transport and is slated for delivery in 2012.