AgustaWestland to move AW609 production to Philadelphia

AgustaWestland will move its AW609 tilt-motor production line to Philadelphia.

The company says that it will move most of its flight test program to its US manufacturing facility as well.

During a pre-Heli-Expo 2015 press conference, Clive Scott, program manager, revealed that the AW609 will be priced around the range of a conventional super-medium helicopter.

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Although AgustaWestland refused to answer questions about aircafts cost, the pricing is believed to be around the $24 million mark, which is considerably lower than the $35 million estimate that Bell Helicopters had made before they were bought out from the programme.

The company is expecting to receive certification for the new helicopter / turboprop hybrid during late 2017, with customer deliveries beginning during the first quarter of 2018.

AgustaWestland displayed an AW609 during Heli-Expo wearing a dual colour scheme, with Eastern Airways on one side of the aircraft, and Bristow Helicopters on the opposite side.

Alud Davies

After setting up and running the BizJetBlogger website, Alud Davies joined Corporate Jet Investor / Helicopter Investor in January 2014 as Editor-at large

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