AgustaWestland , a Finmeccanica company, has announced that the VIH Cougar Helicopters Inc. of USA has taken delivery of an AW139 medium twin helicopter during an official ceremony recently held at Vergiate plant (Italy). This 12 seat-configured helicopter will be operated for offshore transport missions in the Gulf of Mexico.
Emilio Dalmasso, Senior Vice President Commercial Business Unit, AgustaWestland said, “We are delighted that such a leading customer is taking delivery of this helicopter. This handover marks the addition of a fourth offshore operator for the AW139 helicopter in the Gulf of Mexico, further strengthening the already impressive success achieved by this model in the oil & gas support industry. The AW139 will enable the operator to deliver enhanced levels of service.”
The AW139 has quickly become the aircraft of choice in its class for offshore oil and gas support operations offering unparalleled features in terms of performance, capacity and safety. The AW139 is ideally suited for the offshore role, with its large cabin and baggage compartments allowing it to transport 12 to 15 passengers, offering ease of access and egress with its large sliding doors. The superior power of the two engines ensures the AW139 has the best performance in its weight class in all operating conditions. With its power reserve, the AW139 assures Category A (Class 1) superior performance from a helipad (elevated or at ground level) at maximum take-off weight with a superior one engine inoperative capability. Excellent payload and performance ensure unmatched productivity for offshore operations. Energy-absorbing landing gear, fuselage and seats as well as high main and tail rotor ground clearance provide added safety for the passengers and maintenance teams whilst on the ground. More than 440 AW139 helicopters have been ordered so far by over 120 customers in almost 50 countries to perform various roles including offshore transport, EMS/SAR, VIP/Corporate transport, law enforcement, utility.
With over 50 consecutive years of helicopter management experience, the VIH Aviation Group is well positioned to provide quality helicopter services throughout the world. The VIH Aviation Group services many helicopter charter markets including forestry, oil and gas, air ambulance services, offshore oil personnel transport, mining exploration and aerial construction. The VIH Aviation Group includes a variety of unique aviation companies and divisions comprising Cougar Helicopters Inc., providing leading offshore oil and gas helicopter services with permanent facilities supporting the oil and gas fields off the East coast of the USA.