CHC introduces AW189 to Australian market


CHC will be the first to introduce the AgustaWestland AW189 super medium to Australia, placing three helicopters in the country to support Woodside’s offshore transport operations.

The three AW189s will provide passenger flights for the energy firm’s oil and gas installations in the North West Shelf this month. They will be configured to carry 19 passengers and will operate from CHC’s Karratha base on behalf of Woodside.

“We are delighted to be the first to fly the AW189s in Australia and to offer this new-generation aircraft to Woodside,” Vince D’Rozario, CHC regional director, Asia Pacific, said. “The arrival of the AW189s marks a new chapter in our long and established relationship with the aircraft manufacturer Leonardo. We look forward to continuing to deepen this relationship as we provide this fit-for-purpose aircraft to Woodside, who we have proudly served since 2011.”

The three helicopters have surpassed recent FAA and EASA Part 29 safety standards and are the first helicopters in the Australian market to be designed to MSG-3 processes.

“We continue to work with our customers to offer them the latest technology, supported by our global standards and processes,” said Dave Balevic, senior vice president, engineering and operations, at CHC Helicopter. “The 189 will be a great complement to our existing AW139 fleet. We have a history of success operating Leonardo products and look forward to setting new milestones with our new aircraft.”