Malaysia’s Weststar buys AgustaWestland helicopters

AgustaWestland has signed a contract with Weststar Aviation Services for the sale of ten helicopters to the Malaysian company. The deal covers five AW139s configured for offshore transport, one AW139 for VIP transport, two AW169s and two AW189s. The contract, valued at about US$150 million, was signed on 7 December by Syed Azman Syed Ibrahim, Group Managing Director of Weststar, and AgustaWestland Chief Executive Bruno Spagnolini at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) in Malaysia.

8th Dec 2011


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 Malaysia’s Weststar buys AgustaWestland helicopters


AgustaWestland has signed a contract with Weststar Aviation Services for the sale of ten helicopters to the Malaysian company.

The deal covers five AW139s configured for offshore transport, one AW139 for VIP transport, two AW169s and two AW189s. The contract, valued at about US$150 million, was signed on 7 December by Syed Azman Syed Ibrahim, Group Managing Director of Weststar, and AgustaWestland Chief Executive Bruno Spagnolini at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) in Malaysia.

Weststar will be the first operator worldwide to benefit from the commonality in design across the AW139, AW169 and AW189 family of new-generation helicopters. As well as possessing the same high performance flight characteristics and safety features, the helicopters share a common cockpit layout, design philosophy and maintenance concepts, offering more efficient operations for customers with helicopter fleets from 4 to 8.5 tonnes.

The new order adds to the one signed by Weststar in the first quarter of 2010 for nine AW139s, and another for one AW 139 in the second quarter of 2010. All those aircraft are now in service supporting Petronas and other oil companies’ offshore operations in Peninsular Malaysia. The AW139s began operations in April, and in less than eight months have flown more than 8,000 hours.

“We want to continue this relationship [with AgustaWestland] in Malaysia and to expand the relationship to the region where the demand for this industry is ever increasing,” Azman says. “As Weststar plans for its regional expansion, AgustaWestland and Weststar will continue to collaborate to provide quality services and products to support our operations."

The order marks the first sales in Malaysia for the new-generation AW169 and AW189 helicopters. Deliveries of the AW189 are scheduled to start in 2014, with the first AW169 to be handed over in 2015. The manufacturer’s AgustaWestland Malaysia subsidiary will provide pilot and technician training services and comprehensive support services for the helicopters from its headquarters at Kuala Lumpur's Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang.

Separately, AgustaWestland says it will open a new AgustaWestland Training Academy (AWTA) in Malaysia in January 2012. The Academy will be located at Subang airport and is part of the manufacturer’s continued investment programme in AgustaWestland Malaysia.

It is also planned that from 2013 an AW139 Full Flight Simulator (FFS) will be available in Malaysia, the first to be located in Asia. Sited in Kuala Lumpur, this new FFS will be a major asset supporting the AWTA in delivering a high standard of training to operators in the region.
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