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Queensland government orders AW139s

26th October 2017 - 06:10 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Leonardo has received an order for two additional AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters from the government of Queensland, Australia, the company announced on 24 October.

The new aircraft will be operated by Queensland Government Air and will be based in Townsville. They will be deployed for emergency medical services and search and rescue missions over land and sea.

The AW139s will replace two older helicopter models as part of a fleet modernisation programme. They will join the three AW139s already in service with the Queensland government.

The aircraft will serve across all of North Queensland and will be subject to fleet rotation between north and south when needed.

The helicopters are expected to enter into service by December 2018.

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