Falcon Aviation presents world’s first offshore-configured AW169 NG helicopter to Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas community

Falcon Aviation has presented the world’s first offshore-configured new generation AW169 to Abu Dhabi's Oil & Gas community during a ceremony at the Marina Mall Helipad.

“Safety is the number one priority for Falcon Aviation and TOTAL ABK. The use of the AW169 helicopter helps to maintain the high safety standards to which Falcon Aviation and TOTAL ABK operate,” said H.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Vice Chairman/CEO of Falcon Aviation.

Falcon Aviation is the first operator in UAE to use the new type and the first customer worldwide to operate the aircraft for offshore oil and gas transportation. This AW169 will now be used to support oil & gas operations in Abu Dhabi for TOTAL ABK. Falcon Aviation has placed orders for two AW169s, the second being in a VVIP transport configuration.

The introduction of the all new AW169 compliments Falcon Aviation's helicopter fleet which already includes already include four light twin helicopters (Grand and GrandNew models) and two all new AW189 8.6 tonne helicopters deployed for longer range, higher capacity duties.

The AW169

A versatile, new generation twin engine light intermediate category helicopter, the AgustaWestland AW169 by Leonardo has been designed in response to the growing market demand for an aircraft that delivers high performance, meets all the latest safety standards and has multi- ole capabilities. The first all new aircraft in its weight category to enter the market in more than 30 years, the AW169 can comfortably accommodate up to ten passengers in its large, unobstructed cabin, fitted with a range of customized equipment and entertainment systems. The type incorporates several new technology features in the rotor system, engines, avionics, transmission and electric power generation and distribution systems. Agreements for more than 150 AW169 helicopters have been signed with customers around the world to date, including orders and options, for a wide range of applications including offshore transport, executive/private transport, air ambulance, law enforcement and utility roles. Several AW169s have already been delivered worldwide for various roles.

BlueSky Business Aviation News | 19th January 2017 | Issue #400