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Weststar to introduce AW169 for African offshore work
Weststar Aviation Services Malaysia has become a force in the offshore segment, having been established more than 15 years ago. An AW169 is joining the ranks and will perform oil and gas support in Equatorial Guinea.
The latest AW169 joins a fleet of more than 35 139s, 169s and 189s operated by Weststar Aviation Services Malaysia.
Read this story in our August 2019 printed issue.

Weststar Aviation Services Malaysia is deploying an AW169 helicopter in Africa for offshore operations. The aircraft, now delivered from Leonardo’s facility in Vergiate, Italy, will support the offshore oil and gas industry in Equatorial Guinea.

Weststar Aviation Services Malaysia is the first Leonardo customer to introduce the entire AW family range of products, comprising the AW169, AW139 and AW189, into operations.

“The partnership between ourselves and Leonardo has been a key factor in our overseas business expansion,” comments Weststar group MD Tan Sri Dr. Syed Azman Syed Ibrahim. “The AW169, AW139 and AW189 are the most successful new generation models in their class worldwide, and the most demanded helicopter types in the oil and gas industry.”

Since its establishment in 2003, Weststar Aviation Services Malaysia has grown to become a key player in the offshore helicopter industry. To date, the company operates over 35 AW139, AW169 and AW189 helicopters out of its bases in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, becoming one of the largest commercial operators of Leonardo helicopters. There are now nearly 60 Leonardo helicopters in Malaysia, and a regional customer support and training hub at Subang airport near Kuala Lumpur. Leonardo plans to increase its presence even further in the future by expanding the services offered. In Asia the AW family of new generation helicopters has found success for a number of missions including offshore transport, VIP/passenger transport, EMS/SAR, disaster relief, firefighting, law enforcement, utility and electronic news gathering.

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