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Ornge Signs for 6-Year AW139 Support Plan

By S.L. Fuller | December 16, 2016
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Leonardo reinforces its North American presence with the extension of two partnerships.

A six-year contract with Canadian emergency medical service provider Ornge extends logistics support and maintenance services, the manufacturer said. Ornge's fleet of 11 Leonardo AW139s are set to receive Leonardo’s performance-based Full Component Plan.

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Based in Canada, Ornge flew more than 6,000 flight hours during 2015 on the aircraft. The Leonardo AW139 can carry up to four stretchers and six medical attendants in an air ambulance configuration. It can also perform search and rescue, transport, law enforcement and utility roles.

Minnesota-based emergency medical service provider Life Link III plans to add two more Leonardo AW119Kxs to its fleet, the Italian company said at the Air Medical Transport Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. This purchase comes as Life Link III is adding a new base in Brainerd, Minnesota.

The two helicopters feature advanced glass cockpit and night vision goggle capabilities. It also features the integration of the Garmin G1000HTM flight deck system. The additional aircraft will bring Life Link III’s Leonardo AW119Kx fleet up to nine, the first of which was delivered in early 2014.

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