Bristow signs contract for AW189

AgustaWestland AW189 Bristow
Group has signed a contract for six AW189 helicopters plus options for additional
aircraft. The aircraft will be used to perform offshore transport missions. The
contract marks a further expansion of the fleet of AgustaWestland helicopters
operated by Bristow, which already has a fleet of AW139 helicopters operating

Mark Duncan, senior vice president – commercial,
Bristow Group said “Bristow Group is excited by the capabilities offered by the
new AW189 aircraft and we see it filling a key position within the our global
fleet, particularly given the planned retirement of the AS332 Super Puma over
the next few years and the continuing growth of deep water
developments in our key future markets.”

Emilio Dalmasso, senior vice president
Commercial Business Unit, AgustaWestland said “We are proud to have Bristow
Group as the first large fleet operator to order the AW189 for its future long
range high payload requirements. The AW189 is the result of extensive market
assessment by the Company which has worked closely with its customers to ensure
that it will deliver the capabilities, high productivity and very attractive
operating costs the market expects from a state-of-the-art design in this
category. This is why we are sure the AW189 will prove to be a tremendous
cost-effective addition to Bristow’s fleet.”  

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: or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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