AgustaWestland unveils the AW189 helicopter
New twin engine 8 tonne class helicopter launched
AgustaWestland has unveiled the AW189, a new generation twin-engine 8-tonne class helicopter designed in response to the growing market demand for higher payload, longer range and higher productivity. The AW189 complements the modern range of AgustaWestland commercial helicopters and will be certified in 2013 and enter service in early 2014. The AW189 is being developed to perform a wide range of roles including offshore transport, search and rescue, passenger transport and a variety of parapublic missions.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony Bruno Spagnolini, chief executive officer, AgustaWestland said “It gives us great pleasure unveiling the latest addition to our expanding commercial helicopter product range here at the Paris International Air Show. The AW189 demonstrates our commitment to offer the market the most advanced, versatile and cost/effective helicopter in its class by working in partnership with our customers to ensure the AW189 will meet their present and future requirements.”
Powered with two General Electric CT7-2E1 engines, equipped with FADEC and built-in particle separators, Seating options include a high density 18 seat layout or an ultra long range 12-seat configuration with a number of forward and backward facing layouts. A mix of seats, mission consoles, dedicated equipment and litters can be installed according to the operational requirement.