Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA) has signed contracts for five helicopters, comprising three intermediate AW139s and two light-intermediate AW169s. The aircraft are scheduled for delivery in 2020. ADA's first order for AW169 helicopters, the agreement will expand its fleet of Leonardo helicopters comprising 16 intermediate AW139 helicopters primarily supporting the oil and gas industry. These latest orders are part of an agreement for 15 helicopters including the AW139/AW169/AW189 types announced at the end of 2015.
Like the AW139s, the AW169s will benefit from the support solutions provided locally by AgustaWestland Aviation Services, an ADA and Leonardo joint venture delivering support and maintenance services in the region.
“This agreement has come to support the oil and gas industry inside and outside the UAE and to satisfy transport, air ambulance and other needs. It is in line with the company's strategy to expand its fleet of new generation aircraft in order to meet its customers' needs, in light of the expected high demand in 2020," says ADA chairman Nader Ahmed Al Hammadi.
Alessandro Profumo, Leonardo CEO, adds: “We're honoured that our long established leading partner Abu Dhabi Aviation has now decided to add the AW169 to its fleet, confirming its trust in our technology to provide a major contribution to its future success.”