Exclases Russia buys three corporate AW139s from HeliVert

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HeliVert, a joint venture between Russian Helicopters and AgustaWestland, has signed an agreement with Exclases Russia for three AW139 helicopters in VIP configuration. The aircraft will be assembled at HeliVert and delivered in a timeframe set out in a contract to be signed in the near future. HeliVert and Exclases previously signed a contract for five helicopters in May 2013 that is being fulfilled to schedule.

The commercial AW139 is available in various configurations including VIP, passenger transport for 12-15 people, cargo transportation, standard and emergency rescue. It has a cruising speed of 306 km/h, maximum range of 927 km and flying time of up to 5 hours. The AW139 is fitted with two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6C-67C turboshaft engines that deliver 1,679 hp. The first AW139 assembled in Russia made its debut flight in December 2012. Aircraft produced at HeliVert are marketed to customers across Russia and other CIS countries. They can also be equipped with Russian-produced components to meet the demands of state bodies and operating companies.

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HeliVert is located at Russian Helicopters’ National Helicopter Development Center (NHDC). It was built from scratch, and today is one of the most advanced facilities of its type in Russia. Production of the AW139 in Russia began according to plan in 2012, and HeliVert plans to meet growing demand for the AW139 in Russia and other CIS markets.

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