Starspeed orders AW169 helicopter

AgustaWestland has announced that Starspeed Limited of the UK has signed a preliminary sale contract for an AW169 light intermediate helicopter plus an option for an additional aircraft.

The order marks the entrance of the AW169 into the UK VIP market. Starspeed Limited is a UK based helicopter management company, established in 1978 and specialising in the VVIP transport market.

Starspeed offers the ultimate in executive helicopter charter services for London, the UK and Europe.

Emilio Dalmasso, senior vice president Commercial Business Unit, AgustaWestland said “We are delighted to have Starspeed as the first UK customer for the AW169 VIP, the only new generation helicopter in its category in decades. We are confident that this sale represents the first of many for the UK’s VIP/corporate transport market and that the AW169 is set to become the benchmark helicopter in its category in this market.”

Dalmasso continued “The unrivalled combination of high performance, cabin space and comfort, latest safety standard, maintainability and state-of-the-art flight and mission technology featured in the AW169, will be strongly beneficial to Starspeed’s customers in offering the ultimate flight experience.”

Gary Butcher, managing director for Starspeed Limited commented “The history of corporate helicopters has so far been a story of finding acceptable compromise, with no single helicopter really standing out as the ideal combination of price, performance and maintainability for the market.

“In the AW169, Starspeed recognises the start of a new chapter in the story of corporate helicopter services, one where there is no compromise and every performance indicator and success factor is built in, through design and an emphasis on customer requirements. The AW169 is just the product we have been waiting for,” Butcher concluded.

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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