AgustaWestland 5th Oil and Gas Seminar in Malaysia Brings Operators and Industry Together

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, recently held its 5th Oil & Gas Seminar in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The event, attended by over 120 delegates from more than 15 countries, focused on oil and gas industry helicopter operations, support and training developments in Asia and Australasia where the AW139 helicopter is the best selling twin engine model in the region. The delegates (operators, service providers and authorities) were able to listen to briefings by aviation safety experts, helicopter operators, energy consultants and engine manufactures who shared their views on offshore operational safety, financial market trends, support and training.


As the AW139 achieves new operational milestones for offshore transport mission and expands its success across Asia and Australasia, AgustaWestland carries on the development of the 8-tonne class AW189 helicopter and the 4.5 tonne AW169, which are on schedule to obtain certification in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Part of the AgustaWestland Family of new generation helicopters together with the AW139, the AW169 and AW189 have quickly achieved significant sales success in the offshore market in the region as well as globally. All three types from the Family possess the same high performance flight characteristics and safety features as well as sharing a common cockpit layout, design philosophy and maintenance/training concept. This commonality will allow more effective operations for customers operating helicopter fleets across the 4 to 8.5 tonne categories, setting new standards in helicopter fleet management.

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Bombardier’s 200th Challenger 605 Jet Enters Service

Bombardier’s Challenger program has reached a significant milestone with the entry-into-service of the 200th Challenger 605 business jet. The aircraft was handed over to its new owner (who wishes to remain anonymous) during a special ceremony at the Challenger facility in Dorval, Québec, in October 2012, with hundreds of proud employees in attendance.

The Challenger program first took flight on November 8, 1978, when the Challenger 600 aircraft lifted off from Canadair’s plant in Saint-Laurent, Québec. The Challenger 601 and Challenger 604 aircraft variants followed, and in the 34 years since, continuous development and innovation have ensured that the Challenger 605 business jet remains a market leader and a customer favorite.

Challenger 605 jet: The Challenger 605 jet builds on the quality and reliability of its predecessor, the acclaimed Challenger 604 aircraftleading its market share segment throughout the world. The Challenger 605 jet can whisk twelve passengers and three crew from New York City to London non-stop* in the widest stand-up cabin of any large category business jet available today. There are over 850 Challenger 600 jets in service worldwide, including 200Challenger 605 jets, accounting for over 50 per cent market share worldwide for its segment category.