AgustaWestland delivers new helicopter to Japan

AgustaWestland has delivered an AgustaWestland 109 GrandNew light twin engine helicopter to the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun.
AgustaWestland GrandNew

AgustaWestland GrandNew

The helicopter will be used to gather news and to take aerial photography. The aircraft is the first GrandNew helicopter to be sold in Japan and is the first of its type to be used for Electronic News Gathering.

The helicopter is fitted six forward facing seats allowing cameras to be more easily used taking film and pictures through the windows and cabin doors. The aircraft is to be customised in Japan and should enter service in the early part of 2011.

Currently, the GrandNew version of the helicopter has over 50 outstanding orders from customers around the world after being launched in February 2010.

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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