Both aircraft to be operated by Helistar de Aviacion in Colombia for offshore missions.

Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland announced today that North Pole Investments Inc. of Panama has signed a contract for one AW139 intermediate twin-engine and one AW189 super medium helicopter. The aircraft will be delivered by early 2016 and operated by Helistar de Aviacion of Colombia for offshore transport missions in support of the oil and gas industry.

This contract strengthens collaboration between Helistar, the leading OGP operator in Colombia, North Pole Investments and AgustaWestland, marking an expansion of the fleet of AW139 helicopter elected by Helistar, following an order for two units last year for offshore and EMS operations, and the entrance of the all new AW189 in Spanish South America.  With this contract, Helistar will benefit from the unique advantages offered by operating the AW139 and AW189 models, part of the AgustaWestland Family of new generation helicopters, thanks to commonalities across design, certification and safety standards, components, maintenance and training approach and services.

Nearly 900 AW139s have now been ordered worldwide by over 220 customers with more than 730 units already in service to perform a wide range of roles including offshore transport, search and rescue, emergency medical services, VIP/corporate transport, law enforcement, homeland security and utility. The AW189 was designed in response to the growing market demand for a versatile, affordable, multirole super medium twin engine helicopter. The new 8.3 / 8.6 tonne AW189 is optimized for long range offshore transport and SAR missions and more than 150 orders have already been signed, including options and framework contracts, making it the outright market leader in its class.