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Newsletter #414     | News

Bel Air AW189 Fleetleader worldwide – passing 6000 hours


Denmark’s Bel Air Aviation two AW189 helicopters completed 6000 safe flight hours in offshore missions since November 2014


Bel Air AW189 Fleetleader worldwide – passing 6000 hours


Bel Air, January 16, 2017 - At Bel Air we are proud to announce that we are passing the first 6000 safe flight hours with our AW189 helicopters after less than three years during our long range of offshore flights in the North Sea.

This means that we remain AW189 Fleetleader worldwide.

We received our two AW189 helicopters from Leonardo in the autumn of 2014 and were among the first movers to take delivery of this new and superior type of helicopter.

After thorough tests and training in cooperation with the experts from Leonardo we celebrated our first flight in November 2014 and this week we could celebrate again – 6000 hours and Fleetleader worldwide was celebrated with cake and special T-shirts for the Bel Air Team and our customers and passengers.

The AW189 helicopter is the latest-generation 8.6 tons, twin-engine helicopter, designed to answer the growing offshore market demand for a safe, versatile, multirole super medium class helicopter.



Leonardo - The two AgustaWestland AW189 super medium twin engine helicopters operated by Bel Air of Denmark have exceeded 6000 flight hours as of January, setting a new milestone while demonstrating exceptional availability and mission effectiveness performing long range offshore transport missions in the North Sea. This outstanding result was possible through the strong cooperation between the operator and Leonardo’s customer support team. This achievement confirms Bel Air as world fleet leader for the AW189 model in a demanding operational environment.

Bel Air has more recently reached even greater levels of capability upon installing the Limited Icing Protection System (LIPS) onto its two AW189s. LIPS permits flight within a known and defined envelope of icing conditions provided that the capability to descend into a known band of positive temperature is available throughout the intended route. A unique feature in the super medium category, LIPS allows operations in more severe weather conditions when other competing types are confined in the hangars. Bel Air has also opted for the 8.6 tonne Maximum Gross Weight upgrade to give its customers greater levels of payload.

An existing AW139 operator and the official Leonardo Service Centre for the AW139 and the AW189 in Denmark, Bel Air is benefitting from the unique operational, training, support and management advantages of the family of new generation helicopters, thanks to the introduction of the AW189 model into their fleet. This all-new approach to effective, flexible and efficient fleet management is helping Bel Air as it expands its capabilities in support of safe operations for the North Sea oil and gas industry, as well as carrying out offshore wind turbine support and ad hoc helicopter services.

With agreements for over 150 units, including orders and options, and over 30 helicopters delivered to customers worldwide for offshore transport, SAR and transport duties, the AW189 is the outright market leader in its class. The AW189 is unique in having a 50 minute ‘run-dry’ capable main gear box, exceeding current certification standards and offering unmatched safety and reliability for long range offshore operations. A Full Ice Protection System (FIPS) is also available on demand, allowing the aircraft to operate in full icing conditions.


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