AgustaWestland2009-04-20 08:05:44

AW139 Enters Service With Sky Shuttle Helicopters

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the first two AW139 medium twin helicopters owned by Sky Shuttle Helicopters Limited of Hong Kong have entered operational service. An official ceremony, celebrating the entry into service of the aircraft and the opening of a new helipad and passenger lounge at the Hong Kong Heliport, Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal. The ceremony was held on April 16th and was attended by various dignitaries from Hong Kong and Italy.

The 12 seat-configured AW139 helicopters are used by Sky Shuttle Helicopters Limited to provide helicopter shuttle flights between Hong Kong, Macau and Shenzhen, delivering outstanding levels of performance, comfort and safety.

The new helipad features a roomy and modern 6,000 square feet check in and passenger lounge facility providing high levels of comfort and passenger service. The event marks the start of the second stage of Sky Shuttle's expansion project which includes the introduction of an additional four AW139 helicopters as well as the building of a second helipad.

Giuseppe Orsi, CEO, AgustaWestland commented "It gives us great pleasure to celebrate the opening of the new helipad and passenger lounge of an operator with such a worldwide reputation for excellence. The AW139, thanks to its outstanding characteristics for the task, will provide a major contribution to Sky Shuttle's expansion project ".

State-of-the-art technology, outstanding performance, low operating costs and the only helicopter in its class to meet the latest safety standards, have made the AW139 the clear market leader. Over 430 AW139 helicopters have now been ordered by over 100 customers in more than 40 countries all over the world performing many tasks including VIP/corporate transport, passenger shuttle services, offshore transport, EMS/SAR, law enforcement, fire fighting and troop transport with civil operators, government agencies and military customers.

Sky Shuttle Helicopters has a long and distinguished history of providing premium helicopter shuttle services and is one of the world's leading helicopter operators. Sky Shuttle Helicopters is the sole commercial helicopter operator between Hong Kong, Macau and Shenzhen and has more than 20 years operating experience. Today Sky Shuttle Helicopters operates more than 60 helicopter flights per day, transporting more passengers than any other operator in the region.

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