AgustaWestland2008-10-08 14:13:03

Chevron Orders Two AW139 Helicopters

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that Chevron has ordered two AW139 medium twin helicopters configured for offshore use. The ceremony took place at AgustaWestland's booth during this week's NBAA convention in Orlando, Florida.

With this order, Chevron will have a total of six AW139s in their fleet. The AW139s will operate from company heliports at Intracoastal City, Leeville and Venice, Louisiana, in support of offshore production and drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico. The AW139 provides Chevron with the safety necessary to conduct flights 250 nautical miles offshore. Chevron's aircraft operations in the Gulf of Mexico began in 1950 with two helicopters and one floatplane. Today, Chevron fleet comprises of 30 helicopters.

Aircraft that support new deepwater drill locations far offshore must be able to conduct 500 nautical mile roundtrip flights without refuelling, making the AW139 an ideal solution, as it is able to fly over 500 nm (926 km) with six passengers, a mission only larger more expensive 10-ton class helicopters can currently perform. The AW139 in typical offshore transport configuration with 12 passengers and 30 minutes fuel reserve has a range in excess of 300 nm (555 km), significantly greater than other helicopters in its weight class.

More than 380 AW139 helicopters have been sold with over a third being for offshore transport operations. The AW139 is already performing offshore oil and gas transport services in Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Australia and the Middle East.

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