AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, has announced that Bharat Hotels Limited (BHL), India’s largest privately owned Hotel Company, has taken delivery of a Grand twin engine helicopter during an official ceremony recently held at AgustaWestland’s Vergiate plant. This 6-seat configured helicopter will offer a unique flight experience to all the guests of BHL’s exclusive hotels & resorts.
AgustaWestland has seen a progressively growing presence on the Indian commercial helicopter market in recent years for its products with the sale of almost 30 aircraft so far including the AW119 Ke single engine, the AW109 Power and the Grand light twins and the AW139 medium twin types. This delivery adds another leading customer to the long list of operators who have chosen the Grand on the world market and further expands the success of AgustaWestland in India.
The Grand which has set new standards in the light twin market and features the highest cruise speed, full Category A/Class 1 performance and the largest and most comfortable cabin in the light twin class. As the fastest helicopter in its class, thanks to its low drag aerodynamic design, the Grand is also an extremely environmentally friendly aircraft with low fuel consumption per passenger mile and a low noise signature. The cabin layout is designed for maximum comfort and utilises the finest materials and craftsmanship with a range of equipment options.
A wide choice of modular interiors and tailored avionics solutions makes it a suitable platform for a range of roles including corporate/VIP transport, EMS, SAR, offshore transport, patrol and government agency missions. Approximately 270 orders have been placed by almost 150 customers in over 30 countries.