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Abu Dhabi Aviation expands its AW139 offshore fleet with an order for an additional six helicopters

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Abu Dhabi Aviation expands its AW139 offshore fleet with an order for an additional six helicopters - Business aviation publisher
Dana Ermolenko
Country: United Arab Emirates Aircraft: Helicopters

Abu Dhabi Aviation has signed a contract to procure six AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters. The aircraft are expected to be delivered in the 2024-2026 timeframe and will be used to perform offshore transport missions further expanding ADA’s AW139 fleet primarily supporting the energy industry. These latest aircraft will also allow ADA to achieve compliance with the latest OGP guidelines. 

Gian Piero Cutillo, MD Leonardo Helicopters, commented: “This contract further strengthens the partnership between Leonardo and ADA, which has constantly grown over the years both in terms of latest generation platform supply and advanced customer support services. It further confirms the AW139’s presence in the Middle East and in the world’s energy industry market as the benchmark helicopter in its category”.

“Fleet strategy is very important to ADA as we plan for the future. This purchase of additional AW139s will ensure ADA has a state-of-the-art capable aircraft to support our continued growth in the industry”, said Abu Dhabi Aviation.  

Leonardo and ADA have been collaborating for over 15 years with the operator acquiring a total of 33 aircraft to date, most of which are AW139s. In 2022, ADA signed for three AW139s with the first aircraft already delivered and two are expected to be handed over in spring this year, providing further evidence of the solid collaboration with Leonardo and ADA’s confidence in the types’ growing capabilities. The addition of the AW169 light intermediate twin engine type in recent years represented the best possible complement to the AW139 leveraging the unique AWFamily advantages with a similar design philosophy and latest certification and safety standards. Recently, ADA set a 10,000 flight hour milestone with its Leonardo helicopter fleet over the last year as they near a total of 100,000 flight hours by next summer. 

The ADA’s fleet of Leonardo helicopters was extended to comprehensive localised support, maintenance and overhaul services in United Arab Emirates around ten years ago with the establishment of the AgustaWestland Aviation Services Joint Venture and subsequently training and simulation capabilities.

The world’s most important helicopter programme since its certification in 2004 and the bestselling type in its category, the AW139 has logged orders for over 1,250 units from more than 290 operators in over 80 countries to date for all missions. The global AW139 fleet has exceeded 3.6 million flight hours logged to date. The type features state-of-the-art avionics with advanced navigation and collision avoidance systems to enhance situational awareness and reduce pilots’ workload, unmatched speed, power margins and overall performance, the widest cabin in its category featuring high modularity for rapid reconfiguration, a unique 60+ min run-dry capable main gear box for enhanced reliability and safety and up to 1000 certified kits.

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