Milestone Aviation Group, a GE Capital Aviation Services company, and Leonardo announced that Falcon Aviation of Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) will expand its AgustaWestland AW169 helicopter fleet with the addition of a further three aircraft.
The light-intermediate twin helicopters will have multi-mission capability with entry into service in Q1/18. The aircraft will be acquired through operating lease, and represent the first helicopter lease transaction for Falcon.
“We are delighted to partner with Falcon Aviation and grow our presence in the Middle East,” said Michael York, Milestone’s vice president commercial. “When Milestone invested in a team in Dubai two years ago it was with the goal of building our support for local operators like Falcon.”
“Falcon Aviation was the global launch customer for the offshore-configured AW169, and subsequently took delivery of a VIP configured AW169,” said Carlo Gualdaroni, Leonardo Helicopters’ chief business officer. “We are thrilled the unique capabilities of this new generation model have met Falcon’s diverse operating goals and they have chosen to increase their fleet to include 11 Leonardo helicopters.”
With the addition of three AW169, Falcon Aviation’s fleet will include five AW169, two AW189 helicopters and four additional Grand and GrandNew light-twin helicopters. The AW169 and AW189 models, used by Falcon Aviation, are part of Leonardo’s family of new generation helicopters that also includes the AW139.
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