AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica Company, is pleased to announce that Vinair Aeroservicos S.A. of Portugal has signed a contract for two Grand New light twin engine helicopters. Vinair Aeroservicos S.A. is the launching customer for the Grand New, an evolution of the highly successful Grand helicopter, and these two aircraft will be used for corporate transport purposes. The delivery of the first Grand New helicopter is planned for summer 2010.
Vinair Aeroservicos S.A. has been an AgustaWestland customer since 1999 when Vinair Aeroservicos S.A. bought an AW109 Power light twin helicopter, currently in service. This order strengthens the relationship between AgustaWestland and Vinair Aeroservicos S.A. confirming the interest of Vinair Aeroservicos S.A. in the very latest rotorcraft developments and the capability of AgustaWestland to design products at the forefront of technology.
The next generation of the highly acclaimed Grand model will significantly enhance Vinair Aeroservicos S.A. operations providing unprecedented levels of advanced technology, cabin space and comfort, performance, safety and low operating costs and offering a unique flight experience for their customers.
An evolution of the highly successful Grand helicopter, the Grand New features the most modern developments in avionics while retaining the outstanding Grand’s characteristics. As the first light twin helicopter on the market fully compliant with the latest advanced global positioning system-based navigation requirements for all weather operations, the Grand New offers the operators unprecedented opportunities for the exploitation of rotorcraft capabilities setting a new standard on the helicopter market in a multitude of applications. Orders for around 290 helicopters have been placed by almost 150 customers in over 30 countries worldwide, in order to perform several tasks.
A leading provider of private VIP/corporate transport services Vinair Aeroserviços S.A. is provided with a mixed rotary and fix winged fleet to meet a large range of customer transport requirements connecting Portuguese ‘Cascais’ Airport to several destinations in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia.