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AgustaWestland AW139

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The AW139 is a 15 seat, medium-sized twin engine helicopter that supports VIP/corporate transport, offshore transport, fire fighting, law enforcement, search and rescue, emergency medical service, disaster relief and maritime patrol missions.

The AW139 was originally designed jointly by Italy-based helicopter manufacturer Agusta and US manufacturer Bell Helicopters and marketed as the Agusta-Bell AB139. It was redesignated as the AW139 after Bell withdrew from the project in 2005.

The helicopter is manufactured in Italy and the United States, and also by Poland-based subsidiary PZL-Świdnik and HeliVert, a 2012 joint venture between AgustaWestland and Russian Helicopters with a production line inside Russia.

The maiden flight of the first pre-production helicopter took place on 3 February, 2001 at Vergiate, Italy. That of the first production unit came on 24 June, 2002 and it entered service in 2003. Italian certification was received in June 2003 and the FAA type certificate followed in December 2004.

The AW139 has a five-bladed fully articulated main rotor with a titanium hub and composite blades plus a four-bladed articulated tail rotor. It is powered by two FADEC-controlled P&WC PT6C turboshaft engines and has retractable tricycle landing gear.

Easy access to critical systems facilitates maintenance. Many components have been designed for an extended lifecycle and, where possible, the number of parts has been reduced. It is equipped with a Health and Usage Monitoring System.

In 2008, AgustaWestland certified an increase in the AW139 max gross weight to 14,991 lb to better compete in long-range markets. In 2015 this was increased to 15,432 lbs.

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November 19, 2021SAEI chases AW139 MRO status in the Saudi kingdom
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November 12, 2021Caverton achieves EASA approval for AW139 simulator training
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October 23, 2021Heligo increases transfer services with two AW139s
September 17, 2021LCI and SMFL expands its fleet less than a year after launching partnership
September 9, 2021TAS enhances Malaysia presence with three AW139s
August 26, 2021Honeywell gains EASA approval for RDR-7000 weather radar
August 26, 2021Eight rescue AW139s chalk up 10,000 missions
July 4, 2021Gulf Helicopters adds another AW139 to 21-strong fleet
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May 29, 2021Heli-One to establish AW139 main gear box capability
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February 15, 2021RACQ teaches winching and dunking skills
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December 21, 2020Axnes reboots intercoms for next generation
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November 24, 2020Abu Dhabi Aviation’s domestic activity continues as international market slumps
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October 20, 2020MDFR ready to fight fires with first AW139
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July 20, 2020Leonardo leans on new tech to enhance AW139s
July 5, 2020NHV to support Shell and NAM in North Sea
June 19, 2020LifeFlight keeps coal and gas stoked in Queensland
June 15, 2020Coptersafety AW139 sim passes FAA scrutiny
May 29, 2020Finance deal supports Babcock EMS fleet in Australia
May 12, 2020Bestfly wins ExxonMobil three-year deal
April 21, 2020RBI pioneers strip replacement on AW139 main rotor
April 2, 2020Omni does all in its power to stay Corona-safe
March 17, 2020African pilots to benefit from Thales AW139 sim
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February 10, 2020Omni broadens ops range and upgrades AW139 technology
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February 2, 2020Suzuyo signs on the line for AW139 sim
February 2, 2020Héli-Union opts for purchase and leaseback of AW139 trio
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January 28, 2020NHV grows in west Africa and boosts Belgian MRO
December 3, 2019Miami-Dade invests in four special AW139s
November 23, 2019PAS soups up offshore offering with sixth AW139
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November 12, 2019Sloane appoints campaigning veteran at Penzance
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May 7, 2019Castle Air brings charter AW139s onboard
April 30, 2019Agencies share AW139s for emergency response
April 23, 2019COCH to offer line maintenance for AW139 engines
April 2, 2019Weststar invests in Leonardos for west Africa and Middle East
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March 11, 2019Weststar’s Malaysian missions to benefit from leased Leonardos
March 11, 2019CHC introduces half dozen AW139s for RAAF work
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November 19, 2018Coptersafety gets go-ahead from Chinese authorities
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October 19, 2018Elitaliana receives medical AW139 from LCI
October 19, 2018Coptersafety will provide new MCF simulator courses
October 4, 2018CHC adds real-time HUMS and EFB to AW139 fleet
August 8, 2018Aramco set to receive AW139s for oil and gas
August 7, 2018Entrol H39 certified for HPE
July 12, 2018Starspeed reports charter on upward path
June 12, 2018Bristow extends offshore Perenco contract by three years
March 12, 2018Heliconia leases AW139 for oil and gas support
March 12, 2018Bristow adds Honeywell avionics protection plan
February 7, 2018AW139 fleet passes two million flight hours
January 10, 2018Italian services swell AW139 fleets for patrol and SAR
December 1, 2017ADA afforded peace of mind through P&WC engine cover
November 1, 2017Starspeed takes AW139 under management following Luxaviation merger
August 31, 2017Héli-Union boosts African activity and looks to add heavy mediums
May 4, 2017Heliconia takes on two oil and gas AW139s
December 7, 2016Me & my aircraft: Leonardo's AW139 is equally at home on oil platforms or rescues
December 7, 2016RUAG and Heli-One receive AW139 ASC and maintenance approvals
September 1, 2016Italian Coast Guard furthers Leonardo commitment with another pair of AW139s
July 27, 2016Bristow's Nigerian service launches while Caernarfon SAR marks first birthday
December 17, 2015ADA set to acquire 15 AW rotorcraft
November 12, 2015A bumper month for ExecuJet as it takes further deliveries and celebrates Middle East milestone
July 29, 2015Titan agrees helicopter lease deal with Waypoint
July 23, 2015Italian Coast Guard updates AW139 fleet with three deliveries
July 7, 2015Ivory Coast government receives AW139
June 25, 2015Atlantic phases out older fleet with first AW139s in the Faroe Islands
March 11, 2015Seven tonne AW139 will match long range rivals
March 4, 2015Croatian Police to patrol border with debutant AW139
February 26, 2015Versatile AW139 chosen by African governments
October 9, 2014Pair of AW139s arrives at Heliconia for offshore missions
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June 9, 2014Another 139 for the Middle East as Saudi Aramco places order
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April 3, 2014Gulf Helicopters' AW139 fleet hits 50,000 hours as pair of 189s is due
March 6, 2014Inaer strengthens offshore reputation through its Enagás collaboration
February 6, 2014Bristow AW139s deployed for utility in Tanzania
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February 10, 2012DanCopter dispatches first AW139 to Nigeria
December 12, 2011AW139s head for the Caspian Sea
December 12, 2011Trento takes first of two AW139s for disaster missions
November 8, 2011Haughey orders AW139 for vip transport
October 15, 2011Kaan brings the AW169 to Turkey
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