AgustaWestland, September 16, 2004 - In a handover ceremony on 16 September at Eros Airport, Windhoek, the first of two AB139 helicopter for the Namibian Government was handed over to the President of the Republic of Namibia, H.E. Dr. Sam Nujoma. The aircraft will be operated by the Government Air Transport Services performing utility, emergency medical service and transportation roles.
The AB139 is a new generation medium twin-turbine helicopter setting new standards against which all new medium twin will be measured. Designed with inherent multi-role capability and flexibility of operation, the AB139 is capable of carrying up to 15 passengers or 6 litters with 4 medical attendants at the highest speed, in the most spacious cabin and with the best power reserve than any other helicopter in the medium twin-engine class. The applications include EMS, search and rescue, passenger transport and offshore oil support. Additionally cargo lift, fire fighting are all applications suited to the AB139. After achieving Italian (ENAC) IFR Type Certification in 2003, AB139 production is ramping up on Agusta's Vergiate, Italy assembly line. The span of AB139 orders is across all of the targeted market segments - Offshore, Corporate, EMS and Law Enforcement. Besides the recent AB139 recommendation by Integrated Coast Guard Systems (ICGS), a number of government agencies around the world are showing a keen interest in this new state-of-the-art medium twin engine helicopter that brings new levels of speed, comfort, reserve power and space for crew, passengers and survivors alike