Falcon Aviation has presented the world’s
first offshore-configured new generation AW169 to Abu Dhabi's Oil & Gas
community during a ceremony at the Marina Mall Helipad.
“Safety is the number one priority for Falcon
Aviation and TOTAL ABK. The use of the AW169 helicopter helps to maintain the
high safety standards to which Falcon Aviation and TOTAL ABK operate,” said
H.H. Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan,
Vice Chairman/CEO of Falcon Aviation.
Falcon Aviation is the first operator in UAE
to use the new type and the first customer worldwide to operate the aircraft for
offshore oil and gas transportation. This AW169 will now be used to support oil
& gas operations in Abu Dhabi for TOTAL ABK. Falcon Aviation has placed orders
for two AW169s, the second being in a VVIP transport configuration.
The introduction of the all new AW169
compliments Falcon Aviation's helicopter fleet which already includes already
include four light twin helicopters (Grand and GrandNew models) and two all new
AW189 8.6 tonne helicopters deployed for longer range, higher capacity duties.
A versatile, new generation twin engine light
intermediate category helicopter, the AgustaWestland AW169 by Leonardo has been
designed in response to the growing market demand for an aircraft that delivers
high performance, meets all the latest safety standards and has multi- ole
capabilities. The first all new aircraft in its weight category to enter the
market in more than 30 years, the AW169 can comfortably accommodate up to ten
passengers in its large, unobstructed cabin, fitted with a range of customized
equipment and entertainment systems. The type incorporates several new
technology features in the rotor system, engines, avionics, transmission and
electric power generation and distribution systems. Agreements for more than 150
AW169 helicopters have been signed with customers around the world to date,
including orders and options, for a wide range of applications including
offshore transport, executive/private transport, air ambulance, law enforcement
and utility roles. Several AW169s have already been delivered worldwide for