The Government of Queensland, Australia has placed an order for two additional AgustaWestland AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters, Leonardo announced on Oct. 24.
The aircrafts are expected to enter into service by December 2018 performing emergency medical services and search and rescue (SAR) missions over land and sea. The AW139s will replace two older helicopter models as part of a fleet modernization programme and reduce maintenance costs.
These helicopters will add to three AW139s already in service with the Queensland Government, further strengthening the State’s air rescue capabilities and leveraging efficiencies in support, maintenance and training.
The new aircraft will be operated by Queensland Government Air (QGAir), a division of the Queensland Government’s Public Safety Business Agency and will be based in Townsville.
The aircraft will also serve across all of North Queensland and will be subject to fleet rotation between North and South when needed, in order to ensure the optimum coverage for the State’s community.
There are more than 120 Leonardo helicopters of various models ordered to date for both commercial, public utility and military roles in the Australian market. In the last few years the AW139 has proven to be the most successful EMS helicopter in Australia with 30 already in service with various customers.
The AW139 is able to perform a wide range of roles including EMS, SAR, firefighting, law enforcement corporate/VIP & offshore transport.