AgustaWestland’s AW189 is featured prominently in the future plans of Bristow Helicopters in regards to offshore oil and gas industry, which makes sense as the launch customer for the variant. AgustaWestland flew a pre-production model to Bristow’s UK facility at Norwich International Airport (NWI) for a July 30 visit with prospective offshore service providers.
Bristow AW189. Photo courtesy of Bristow Helicopters
Bristow, which is targeting offshore providers in the North Sea, currently has six AW189s on order for the sector. The AW189 is scheduled to enter service in first quarter 2014. The company plans to install a flight simulator for the helicopter at its Dyce training base in early 2015.
Also starting in 2015, will operate 11 AW189s as part of the recently signed contract for the UK Search and Rescue program. The UK SAR agreement runs through 2026.
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