Russia is one of the promising markets for the helicopter industry. Exclases Holdings Ltd - AgustaWestland exclusive distributor in Russia and CIS has recently announced its participation in the fifth international business aviation exhibition JET EXPO 2010.
This February AgustaWestland presented its Grand New (model). Regional representation of AgustaWestland declared that Grand New is already available to the Russian customers. The volume of the company’s orders portfolio on all AW109 modifications totals about 290 units.
Grand New is a modernized Grand model belonging to the AW109 family. It differs from the predecessor by considerable improvements in the avionics complex and new "glass" cockpit. The level of emergency safety is also raised. The new helicopter has inherited the best features from AW109 Da Vinci – a special variant of Grand developed for REGA – Swiss air medicine operator. Grand New was developed as a multitask machine meant for search and rescue operations, servicing of shelf O&G platforms, as well as VIP and corporate transportation. The new helicopter has been recently certificated by EASA, FAA certification is expected for mid-2010.