Falcon Aviation Services of Abu Dhabi has taken
delivery of two AW189 super medium helicopters in offshore
The order was signed in October 2014 and
expands Falcon’s fleet of AgustaWestland helicopters, which
already includes light helicopters such as the Grand and GrandNew,
and will shortly be joined by the new AW169.
“It is a beginning of a new era for Falcon. With
the modernization of our helicopter fleet we set a higher standard
for offshore operations in the region. Being the first operators
of AW189 in the United Arab Emirates, our involvement in achieving
the ever growing demand of safety, reliability and fuel efficiency
within the MENA region will deepen,” said His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin
Sultan Bin Khalifa , Chairman of Falcon Aviation Services.
The AW189 was designed in response to the
growing market demand for a versatile, affordable, multirole
medium twin engine helicopter.
The new 8.3 tonne AW189 is optimized for
offshore transport and SAR missions and is configured with 16 seats
as standard with the option for a high density 19-seat layout.
The AW189 meets the very latest international regulatory safety
requirements (EASA / FAA Part 29, JAR OPS 3 / EU-OPS) and is fully
compliant with the latest requirements of the Oil & Gas Producers
helicopter operations guidelines.
The AW189 is unique in having a 50 minute
‘run-dry’ capable main gear box, exceeding current certification
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