AgustaWestland and Malaysia Airports Sign Agreement for New Helicopter Centre

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Wednesday, 11 July 2012

AgustaWestland Malaysia and Malaysia Airport Holdings (MAHB) have signed a long-term lease agreement for a new facility at the Helicopter Centre being developed within the Malaysia International Aerospace Centre, at Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah (Subang) Airport near Kuala Lumpur.

The construction of the new facility at the Helicopter Centre will commence in Q4 2012, and is expected to be completed by the end of 2013.

The agreement was signed at the Farnborough International Airshow by Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad Abdul Majid, Managing Director of MAHB and Vincenzo Alaimo, Managing Director of AgustaWestland Malaysia Sdn Bhd, and witnessed by the Malaysian Minister of Transport, YB Dato Seri Kong Cho Ha, as well as AgustaWestland, CEO, Bruno Spagnolini.

Managing Director of MAHB, Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad Abdul Majid said, This signing marks another strategic partnership with AgustaWestland and demonstrates both parties commitment to further develop Malaysia into a regional aerospace hub. The development of this new facility will further position Malaysia as a global aerospace player with Malaysia Airports as one of the main drivers in the aerospace industry.

Under the agreement AgustaWestland Malaysia will lease land to build a new 7,000 m2 (74,000 ft2) state-of-the-art facility as  it continues to expand its regional maintenance and logistics hub.

The AgustaWestland Malaysia headquarters at the new Helicopter Centre will include a new corporate office, hangar, warehouse facility and space for AgustaWestlands Training Academy.

The new facility will also enable AgustaWestland Malaysia to expand its Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) and aircraft completion centre capabilities.

AgustaWestland is the only helicopter manufacturer to have selected Malaysia as its exclusive hub for maintenance and support services covering South East Asia and the Far East. Contributing to the growth of the Malaysian aerospace industry, AgustaWestland Malaysia now employs nearly 50 Malaysian staff and in 2011 registered revenues of more than 16 million (more than RM60 million) for support and logistics services.

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