Sky Shuttle has taken delivery of its first AgustaWestland helicopters in a ceremony held at the manufacturer’s facility in Cascina Costa, Italy.
The helicopters, two out of a total 6 currently on order, are painted in the new ‘Sky Shuttle’ livery and are expected to enter commercial
operations in early 2009.
Sky Shuttle - formerly known as Heli
Express - currently provides cross-boundary helicopter shuttle services between Hong Kong and Macau, and Macau and Shenzhen using Sikorsky S76C+ high performance aircraft in a 12-seat configuration.
Sky Shuttle Chief Executive Officer, Cheyenne Chan
said, “With these new helicopters, Sky Shuttle will be better placed to achieve the levels of
performance and passenger comfort that we, as a progressive industry leader, are committed to.
This delivery marks the start of a new and
exciting chapter in Sky Shuttle’s history.”
Lunardi, Senior Vice President Commercial Business Unit, AgustaWestland,
added, “It gives us great pleasure to be handing over the 200th AW139 Sky Shuttle, an operator with a worldwide reputation for excellence. The
tremendous success of the AW139 worldwide has made it the helicopter of choice for a wide range number of applications including scheduled
passenger transport and we are sure Sky Shuttle’s customers will appreciate its class leading speed and passenger
The purchase of six AW139 aircraft
is part of Sky Shuttle’s HK$130 million plus upgrading and expansion project.
Upon completion of the project, Sky Shuttle will operate an all AgustaWestland AW139 fleet. The helicopters are scheduled to be delivered before
The AW139 is
a market leader in its weight class with over 430 aircraft sales and this delivery ceremony marks a total of 200 aircraft deliveries
since 2004. The AW139 has set new standards in the offshore oil and gas support market due to its new technology, high performance,
enhanced safety and attractive operating costs.
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