Heli-Union, November 30, 2016 - Héli-Union is collaborating with Leonardo Malaysia to modify another of Héli-Union AW139 helicopter from 6.800kg to 7000kg.
The 200kg increase allows the aircraft to be in the same level as other large aircraft types.
This is not Heli-Union’s first upgrade of its AW139s. This soon-to-be modified AW139 will join two other Héli-Union AW139s that have been previously configured to 7t.
The modification will be performed jointly by the two companies in Leonardo Malaysia base. Héli-Union sent 3 of their dedicated engineers specialised in B1-Mechanics and B2-Avionics to carry out the assignment in Leonardo Malaysia base. With access to the hangar and tools, the three Héli-Union engineers will be working together with several other engineers of Leonardo Malaysia.
The newly modified AW139 helicopter will be put in action for an offshore personnel transportation mission for one of Héli-Union oil and gas clients in Myanmar.
In 2015, AgustaWestland chose Héli-Union to unveil a 7t version of its AW139 medium twin-engined helicopter. After modification, the helicopter will be able to load 12 passengers with a radius of action of 305km or 426km with 8 passengers. The aircraft itself retains key operating and performance features, including a temperature envelop at sea level -40° to +50° and up to sea state 6 ditching capability.
About Héli-Union: Héli-Union is one of the major helicopter transport service providers that is based in Toussus-le-Noble, France. The company has a broad scope of expertise, including scheduled offshore and onshore point-to-point personnel transportation services for oil and gas companies, search and rescue (SAR) services, medevac services, helicopter maintenance, repair and modification services, along with helicopter pilot training services, to government and civil organisations worldwide.
After more than 55 years of service, the company’s global footprint has reached more than 60 countries. Today, Héli-Union is active in 9 countries with a fleet of more than 40 helicopters. Héli-Union’s primary objective is to provide the safest and most efficient service to global clients. As one of our main core value, our safety measures never cease to develop in order to maintain our high level of safety performance over time.