AgustaWestland hands over AW139 to Weststar Aviation

AgustaWestland Weststar handoverAgustaWestland handed over the 500th AW139 to Weststar Aviation
Services of Malaysia during a ceremony held at the Farnborough International
Airshow.

The aircraft was accepted by Tan Sri Syed Azman Syed Ibrahim, group managing director of Weststar from
Bruno Spagnolini, chief executive officer of AgustaWestland. The 500th
delivery comes just one year after AgustaWestland delivered the 400th
helicopter.

Bruno Spagnolini said at the ceremony “The AW139 continues to be the
outright class leader worldwide and we are delighted that we are celebrating
the delivery of the 500th aircraft with one of our most important
customers, Weststar Aviation Services.”

Spagnolini added “We look forward to achieving similar success with the
AW139’s new family members, the AW169 and AW189, which have the same high
performance and modern technology features that have made the AW139 such a
success.”

“As the leading
offshore aviation services provider in the region, Weststar Aviation Services
is proud to be affiliated with the top helicopter manufacturers in the world
and honoured to be a part of this impressive milestone for AgustaWestland. The
AW139 helicopter is truly the best in its class and it has served us very well.
I am sure that AgustaWestland will continue to enjoy great success with the
AW139 and its variants,” said Tan Sri Syed Azman Syed Ibrahim, group managing director
of Weststar.

Weststar Aviation Services is the largest operator of AW139 helicopters
in Asia and has ordered 16 AW139s, with this
aircraft being the 13th aircraft to be delivered. Having started AW139 operations in April
2011 Weststar Aviation Services’ fleet has now flown more than 16,000 hours in
support of Petronas’ and other oil companies offshore operations in peninsular
Malaysia.

Photograph: Tan Sri Syed Azman Syed Ibrahim (left), group managing director of Weststar from
Bruno Spagnolini (right), chief executive officer of AgustaWestland
shaking hands with the AW139 helicopter behind Copyright Terry Spruce

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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