By Amy Kluber | July 13, 2016
Leonardo-Finmeccanica has sold three GrandNew EMS helicopters to LifeFlight of Maine. The aircraft will transition into a mixed fleet of aircraft to deliver care and to transport patients.
The helicopters are equipped with a comprehensive EMS interior and will feature night-vision goggle compatibility. The first will enter service this year; the others in 2017 and 2018.
LifeFlight of Maine Executive Director Tom Judge said the new aircraft will extend the service's range and capacity.
The sale represents the growing share of AgustaWestland helicopters in the North American EMS market, which now totals 115 across a fleet of AW119s, AW109s, and AW139s. The GrandNew also recently has been placed in other countries, including Japan, the U.K. and Turkey.