AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Autonomous Province of Trento in Italy has taken delivery of the first of two AW139 medium twin helicopters. The aircraft will be operated by the Fire Fighting Department Aviation Unit based in Trento to perform emergency medical service, search and rescue and disaster relief missions across the Province. The second AW139 is expected to be delivered by the end of the year.
The AW139 was chosen by the Autonomous Province of Trento after a rigorous and comprehensive evaluation and competitive process meeting its demanding mission and safety requirements. The delivery marks the addition of another major EMS and rescue operator in Italy to the list of customers who have already chosen the AW139 and further expands the presence of the type both in Italy and across the world’s emergency medical service and search and rescue market. AW139 helicopters configured to perform EMS, SAR, disaster relief, civil protection and fire fighting missions have been ordered and are in service in a number of nations including Italy, UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, Norway, Spain, Japan, South Korea, China, Qatar, UAE, Australia, Malaysia just to name a few.
The AW139 delivered to the Autonomous Province of Trento features special and comprehensive mission equipment suitable to carry up to two patient litters and six medical attendant seats. The helicopter is provided with a rescue hoist with a 90m long cable, cargo hook and the cabin can be rapidly reconfigured to perform disaster relief operations comfortably hosting up to 12 persons on board.
The only new generation helicopter in its weight class, the AW139 has rapidly become the benchmark helicopter in the medium twin market and the helicopter of choice for emergency medical service and search and rescue. The AW139 sets new standards of performance in its category a maximum cruise speed of 165 knots (306 km/h) and a maximum range in excess of 570 nm (1060 km) with auxiliary fuel. The aircraft has outstanding one engine inoperative capabilities even in the hot and high environmental conditions. The AW139 also features the largest cabin in its category. The advanced integrated cockpit with state-of-the-art technology minimises pilot workload allowing the crew to concentrate on mission objectives. Over 400 aircraft are now in service with more than 400,000 flight hours logged to date performing EMS/SAR, offshore transport, VIP/corporate transport, law enforcement, utility, fire fighting and government tasks. Orders for almost 580 units have been placed by nearly 160 customers in more than 50 countries so far.