May 1, 2013 - AgustaWestland, announce that a
assembly line for the new generation
AW169 helicopter will be established at its
AgustaWestland Philadelphia facility located at
Northeast Philadelphia Airport.
The first Philadelphia built AW169 helicopter
will be inducted into the final assembly in May
2014 and will be delivered to the first customer
in early-2015. The new production line will ramp
up to produce around 20 aircraft per year by
Incorporating a lean advanced manufacturing
philosophy, the new AW169 production line will
be scalable to accommodate production
escalations based on market demand. Also
AgustaWestland’s facilities in Vergiate (Italy)
and Yeovil (UK) will play major roles in the
manufacturing activities for the AW169 program.
William Hunt, CEO, AgustaWestland Philadelphia
said “This is an exciting day for the team. As a
major producer of commercial helicopters in the
United States, we are pleased to further expand
our production portfolio to include the AW169.
The arrival of the AW169 production line will
secure and create jobs here in Philadelphia and
within our supply chain in North America.