Weststar Aviation orders ten helicopters

AgustaWestland LIMAAgustaWestland has announced that Weststar Aviation Services of Malaysia
has signed a contract for ten AgustaWestland helicopters comprising, five
AW139s configured for offshore transport, one AW139 for VIP transport, two
AW169s and two AW189s. The contract was signed by Tan Sri Syed Azman Syed
Ibrahim, group managing director of Weststar and Bruno Spagnolini, chief
executive officer, AgustaWestland, at the Langkawi International Maritime and
Aerospace (LIMA) exhibition. The contract is valued at approximately US$150
million (RM 470 million).

This order adds to the one signed by Weststar Aviation Services in the first
quarter of 2010 for nine AW139s and another one AW 139 in the second quarter of
2010,  that are now all in service supporting Petronas and other oil
companies offshore operations in Peninsular Malaysia. The AW139 started
operations in April 2011 and in less than eight months have flown more than
8,000 hours.

Tan
Sri Syed Azman Syed Ibrahim, group managing director of Weststar, commented “Weststar is proud to be associated with AgustaWestland. We want to
continue this relationship in Malaysia
and to expand the relationship to the region where the demand for this industry
is ever increasing. As Weststar plans for its regional expansion,
AgustaWestland and Weststar will continue to collaborate to provide quality
services and products to support our operations.”

Bruno Spagnolini said at the ceremony “We are delighted that Weststar
has chosen AgustaWestland to meet its fleet expansion plans. We are sure our
range of high performance new technology products will serve both Weststar and
its customers exceptionally in the markets it serves. As the region’s largest
AW139 operator and a major provider of offshore helicopter services we are also
very pleased to have Weststar as one of the lead customers for both the AW169
and AW189.”

The order marks the first sales in Malaysia for AgustaWestland’s new
generation AW169 and AW189 helicopters. Deliveries of the AW189 are scheduled
to start in 2014 and in 2015 for the AW169.

Photograph (left to right): Bruno Spagnolini, chief
executive, AgustaWestland; His Excellency, governor of Melaka, Tuan Yang
Terutama Tun Datuk Seri Utama Mohd Khalil bin Yaakob; Yang Berhormat, Datuk
Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid bin Hamidi, Malaysian minister of defence; Tan Sri Syed
Azman Syed Ibrahim, group managing director, Weststar; Vincenzo Alaimo,
managing director, AgustaWestland Malaysia Sdn Bhd

 

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: terry@corporatejetinvestor.com or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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