AgustaWestland, March 05, 2013 - AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the handover of an AW109 Power to Executive HeliShares, a Briles Wing & Helicopter, Inc. Company, located in Van Nuys, California.
Executive HeliShares has selected the AW109 Power and GrandNew product lines as the VIP platforms of choice for their exclusive Fractional Ownership Program on the West Coast of the United States and currently operates two AW109 Powers and one Grand in Southern California with an additional Grand “Network Helicopter” located in the Bay Area.
This latest delivery increases their fleet to five AgustaWestland helicopters, one of the largest corporate VIP fleets in the United States.
Lance Strumpf of Briles’ Executive Helishares said at the handover ceremony “We are pleased to be part of the AgustaWestland family, with their superior products and excellent customer support we are able to offer our VIP clients a level of service and safety that leads the industry.”
He added “We selected the AW109 Power and Grand for their sleek design, speed and comfort, all weather capability and mission reliability. Feedback from our clients reflects the fact that the AW109 design and ultra smooth ride make it the preferred aircraft for our discerning customers. We plan on staying with AgustaWestland for many years and offering their exciting new products to our loyal clients.”
Bob Brant, AgustaWestland Philadelphia’s VP Sales & Marketing, added “It gives us great pleasure to hand over another AW109 Power to Briles’ Executive Helishares. The unrivalled levels of performance, comfort, safety and low operating costs provided by the AW109 Power make it the ideal helicopter for Executive HeliShares’s customers.”
Briles’ Executive Helishares fractional program offers 1/3 ownership shares with professional management, truly a turnkey helicopter transportation solution with guaranteed availability through its fleet interchange agreements. Now it is possible to own a state of the art twin-engine cabin class VIP AgustaWestland for less than the price of a new single with comparable operating costs and all the financial benefits of full ownership. The Helishares program features reasonable monthly management fees, generous yearly flight time allocations, and scheduling flexibility taking advantage of the existing fleet and company infrastructure.
The AW109 Power twin turbine helicopter AgustaWestland is the market leader in serving the needs of the corporate community since its introduction in 1997. The aircraft offers a unique combination of cost effectiveness, elegance, high speed, passenger comfort and safety.
The AW109 Power with seats for the pilot and up to seven passengers has a cruise speed of 154 knots (285 km/h) with a spacious passenger cabin tailored and finished to the highest levels of Italian craftsmanship.
Operationally, Briles is the first and only VIP AgustaWestland fleet operator to receive IFR authorization from the FAA for its Part 135 flights thereby using the full capability of the aircraft for dispatch reliability and safety enhancement.
Briles Wing & Helicopter, Inc. was established in 1957 and is one of the World's most experienced helicopter operators and has owned over 100 aircraft.