AgustaWestland delivers first AW139s in Tanzania
Bristow Group and Everett Aviation receive two of three AW139 helicopters for use in Tanzania.
Bristow Group and Everett Aviation accepted delivery of the first two AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters to be certified in Tanzania, after representatives from the Tanzanian Civil Aviation Authority achieved approval to certify future AW139s in the country.
The helicopters were built at AgustaWestland’s facility in Philadelphia and were accepted by Bristow for lease by Everett Aviation in support of offshore oil and gas aviation services. A third aircraft is expected to be delivered before the end of the year and will be dedicated to search and rescue operations.
“The investment that Everett Aviation and Bristow Group are making in being the first to certify the AW139 is substantial and offers an opportunity to make further inroads in the Tanzanian offshore energy market,” said Paul de Jonge van Ellemeet, AgustaWestland head of oil and gas sales.
“AgustaWestland is committed to providing superior customer support and training to Everett Aviation, and will ensure that their aircraft maintain an excellent record of reliability, safety and performance,” de Jong van Ellemeet added.
“The acceptance of our first AW139s puts us in a position of strength as we expand into the East African offshore oil and gas industry,” said Simon Everett, CEO of Everett Aviation. “We are pleased to achieve certification of these aircraft by the Tanzanian Civil Aviation Authority and look forward to our partnership with both Bristow and AgustaWestland as future operating opportunities arise in our region.”