Leonardo Helicopters AW189: Buyer’s and Investor’s Guide

The Leonardo Helicopters AW189 is a 16-seat twin engine helicopter and in the eight tonne class, designed for the offshore energy market but has many varied other uses. Competitors are the Airbus Helicoptes H175, H225 and Bell 525 Relentless. The helicopter was launched at the 2010 Farnborough International Air Show. The first flight of the aircraft took place on the 21st December 2011 in Italy. Leonardo Helicopters (formerly AgustaWestland) displayed a full size mock-up of the AW189 at the Farnborough International Air Show 2012.

Missions: Airborne Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, Offshore, Executive, EMS

First delivery: 2015

Category: Twin Engine

Competitors: Airbus Helicopters H175, H225 and Bell 525 Relentless.

Maximum cruise speed (Vh): 150 kts 278 km/hr

Maximum take-off gross weight: 17,636 lb 8,000 kg

Passengers (crew): 16-18 (one or two pilots)

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

You may also like...