June 9, 2006 :
PZL Swidnik Deliver 500th Airframe to AgustaWestland
UK / Italy : (AgustaWestland Press Release ) -
At the PZL Swidnik factory in Poland the 500th airframe produced for AgustaWestland was handed over today, marking 10 years of successful co-operation between the two companies.
AgustaWestland has one of its most important and long-lasting industrial collaborations in Poland and the technology challenges faced with this cooperation has allowed the Polish aviation industry to meet the highest international aeronautical quality standards. PZL-Swidnik is a risk-sharing partner on the AgustaWestland AW139 programme, which has established this brand new medium twin helicopter as the benchmark helicopter in the medium-twin market.
PZL Swidnik is also responsible for the production of fuselages and tail booms for all A109 Power, A109 LUH, A119 Koala and Grand helicopters. In 2001 PZL started the production of the fuselage for the AW139 medium-twin helicopter. Since then production numbers have increased with over 100 airframes being delivered by PZL Swidnik to AgustaWestland in 2005. Over 650 PZL Swidnik staff are now working on production of AgustaWestland airframes at the Swidnik plant.
AW139, A109 Power, A109LUH and Grand airframes leave PZL for the final assembly lines located at Vergiate in Italy, while A119 Koala airframes are now shipped to the finally assembly line located at AgustaWestland’s Philadelphia plant in the USA. A second AW139 assembly line is now being established at the Philadelphia plant which will also receive airframes from PZL Swidnik.
AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is one of the largest helicopter companies in the world. The company offers an unrivalled range of helicopters, training and support solutions to satisfy the requirements of civil and military customers. AgustaWestland has its primary operations in Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
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