AgustaWestland AW189: Buyer’s and Investor’s Guide

Terry Spruce

The AW189 is a 16 seat twin engine helicopter and in the eight tonne class, designed for the offshore energy market but has many varied other uses.
An AW189 helicopter in flight.
An AW189 helicopter in flight.

The AW189 is a 16-seat twin engine helicopter and in the eight tonne class, designed for the offshore energy market but has many varied other uses. Competitors are the Eurocopter EC175, EC225 and Bell 525 Relentless. The helicopter was launched at the 2010 Farnborough Air Show. The first flight of the aircraft took place on the 21st December 2011 in Italy. AgustaWestland displayed a full size mock-up of the AW189 at the Farnborough International Airshow 2012.

Missions: Airborne Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue,
Offshore, Executive, EMS

First delivery: 2014?

Category: Twin Engine

Competitors: EC175, EC225 and Bell 525 Relentless.

Maximum cruise speed (Vh): 150 kts 278 km/hr

Maximum take-off gross weight: 17,636 lb 8,000 kg

Passengers (crew): 16-18 (one or two pilots)

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