October 10, 2013 - AgustaWestland announce that
the first production AW189 8 ton class twin
engine helicopter performed its maiden flight at
Vergiate plant (Italy).
The aircraft is expected to be delivered to
Bristow Helicopters Ltd. by year end to carry
out offshore transport missions in the North
Sea, with operational readiness planned in early
2014. Additional two AW189 helicopters are
currently under assembly in Vergiate.
Daniele Romiti, Chief Executive Officer,
AgustaWestland said “Completing the very first
AW189 which will enter operational service is a
tremendous program achievement to AgustaWestland
and to our customer.
“With this event we’ve brought to life the first
and only new generation production aircraft in
its category with an extremely reduced time to
market, meeting the most stringent requirements
set by the relevant authorities and by the