Leonardo announced on Oct. 24 that the Government of Queensland in Australia has placed an order for two additional Leonardo AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopters.
The aircraft are expected to enter into service by December 2018, performing emergency medical services and search-and-rescue missions over land and sea. The AW139s will replace two older helicopter models as part of a fleet modernization program and reduce maintenance costs.
With world leading capability, performance, ride quality and cabin space, the AW139 has been chosen for its ability to meet the Queensland Government’s operational requirements. These helicopters will add to three AW139s already in service with the Queensland Government, further strengthening the State’s air rescue capabilities and leveraging efficiencies in support, maintenance and training.