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AW169 enters Weststar operations in Africa

28th June 2019 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Leonardo Helicopters’ AW169 light intermediate rotorcraft is to be introduced into offshore operations in Africa with Weststar Aviation Services Malaysia. 

The aircraft has been delivered from Leonardo’s facility in Vergiate, Italy, and will support the offshore oil and gas industry in Equatorial Guinea. 

Weststar Aviation Services Malaysia is the world’s first to introduce the entire ‘AW’ family range of products, namely the AW169, AW139 and AW189, into operations. 

‘The partnership between Weststar Aviation Services Malaysia and Leonardo has been a key factor in Weststar’s overseas business expansion. The AW169, AW139 and AW189 are the most successful new generation models in their class worldwide, and the most demanded helicopter types in the oil and gas industry,’ Syed Azman Syed Ibrahim, group managing director of The Weststar Group, said.

Weststar Aviation Services Malaysia was established in 2003, and operates in excess of 35 AW139, AW169 and AW189 helicopters out of its bases in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, and is one of the largest commercial operators of Leonardo helicopters. 

There are now some 60 Leonardo helicopters in Malaysia, supported by a regional customer support and training hub at Subang Airport near Kuala Lumpur. 

Leonardo says it plans to increase its presence even further in the future by expanding the services offered, identifying that the region could utilise the helicopters for offshore transport, VIP/passenger transport, EMS/SAR, disaster relief, firefighting, law enforcement, utility and news gathering.

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