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AW139 for its offshore helicop­ ter requirement. SFS Aviation will have the full backing of AgustaWestland Malaysia’s regional support centre at Kuala Lumpur's Sultan Abdul

Sampoerna Set To Receive an AgustaWestland GrandNew

AgustaWestland, is pleased to announce the sale of a GrandNew light twin engine helicopter to Sampoerna (PT Hanjaya Mandala Sampoerna Tbk.) which will be used for the transport of VIPs and many lev­ els of management through­ out Indonesia from Sumatra, through Java, to Sumbawa, Flores and Sulawesi. The heli­ copter was ordered earlier this year and is planned for delivery later this month. This will be the second GrandNew to be delivered to an Indonesian cus­ tomer this year.

Emilio Dalmasso, Senior VP Commercial Business, AgustaWestland said “Indonesia is an important and growing market for AgustaWestland so we are delighted that Sampoerna, after detailed evaluation,


selected the GrandNew for its corporate transport require­ ments. The GrandNew is undoubtedly the most advanced helicopter in its class with its advanced avion­ ics system providing opera­ tors with enhanced capabili­ ties and flight safety fea­ tures.” ◆

SFS Aviation Orders an AW139 Helicopter

AgustaWestland, is pleased to announce that SFS Aviation of Thailand has signed a con­ tract for an AW139 medium twin helicopter. The aircraft will be delivered later this month and will be used for offshore transport operations in the Gulf of Thailand from its Songkhla base in southern Thailand.

Vincenzo Alaimo, Head of Region, AgustaWestland, said, “We are delighted SFS Aviation has selected the


Aziz Shah Airport, from where we will provide pilot and tech­ nician training services as well as comprehensive through life product support services.” ◆

Bell Helicopter Receives Orders from Indonesia

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, recently announced today it has received five firm orders with two potential fol­ low­on orders for Bell 412s from PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) for delivery to government agencies in Indonesia.

"Bell Helicopter has had a long partnership with PTDI in Indonesia," said Larry D. Roberts, senior vice president, Bell Helicopter’s Commercial Business.

“The sale of these helicop­ ters is part of the framework of an ongoing industrial collabo­ ration between our two com­

panies," Roberts said. "We believe our partnership will continue to grow and possibly expand in the future." The five Bell 412s are expect­ ed to be delivered to PTDI by the end of the year. PTDI will then transport them to Bandung, Indonesia, where local content and customer specific mission equipment will be added prior to PTDI making final delivery to end­users. In 2010, Bell Helicopter announced plans to extend the capability and performance of the Bell 412EP through a series of upgrades which are expect­ ed to be available to customers in 2012.

"The Bell 412 has had tremen­

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