- Falcon Aviation Services is the world’s first offshore AW169 customer
- This major achievement is out of more than 41,000 total FH logged by the AW169 global fleet
- Over 200 AW169s have been ordered by customers worldwide for a variety of roles
Dubai, 17 November 2019 – Leonardo with Falcon Aviation Services of United Arab Emirates and Total ABK celebrate a major offshore helicopter transport operational flight hour milestone announced at Dubai Air Show today. One of Falcon Aviation Services’ five new generation AW169 light intermediate helicopters has been confirmed as the type fleet leader exceeding 2,000 operational flight hours for Total ABK, out of more than 41,000 total flight hours across a global fleet of over 90 AW169s.
The global launch customer for the OGP-configured AW169, Falcon Aviation Services supports onshore and offshore operations for leading players like Total ABK in Abu Dhabi and others in the region. Falcon Aviation also delivers VVIP helicopter transport services. The introduction of the capable, modern AW169 and Falcon Aviation Services’ expertise is allowing customers to perform a significant leap forward supporting the oil and gas industry in the region. Falcon Aviation Services is a prime customer for Leonardo with its fleet of 11 Leonardo helicopters including two AW189 super-medium aircraft and four AW109 Grand/GrandNew light twins in addition to the AW169s.
Note to Editors on the AW169 helicopter
A versatile, new generation twin engine light intermediate category helicopter, the 4.6/4.8 tonne AW169 has been designed in response to the growing market demand for an aircraft that delivers high performance, meets all the latest certification standards and has multi-role capabilities. Orders for more than 200 AW169 helicopters have been signed by over 80 customers in nearly 30 countries around the world to date for a wide range of applications including offshore transport, executive/corporate transport, air ambulance, law enforcement, electronic newsgathering.
About Falcon Aviation
Falcon Aviation Services is a leading business aviation services company based in Al Bateen Executive Airport, and Dubai (Al Maktoum International Airport) in the United Arab of Emirates. It was formed under the initiative of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Khalifa Bin Zayed Al- Nahyan Advisor to the President of the United Arab Emirates.
Falcon Aviation has been established for over twelve years, during which time the company has built an unrivalled reputation for its VIP Charter and support to the Governments Oil and GasSector. With a new and diversified fleet of luxurious corporate jets and helicopters, Falcon Aviation offers a multitude of Business and General Aviation Services including, Business Jet/VIP Helicopter Charter, Fixed Based Operations (FBO) Services, Aircraft Management and comprehensive MRO Support including Scheduled and Unscheduled Maintenance and Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization (CAMO). www.falconaviation.ae
Leonardo, among the top ten world players in Aerospace, Defence and Security, is Italy’s main high-technology industrial company. Organized into five business divisions (Helicopters; Aircraft; Aerostructures; Electronics; Cyber Security) Leonardo has a significant manufacturing presence in Italy, the United Kingdom, Poland and the USA, where it also operates through subsidiaries such as Leonardo DRS (electronics), and joint ventures and partnerships: Telespazio, Thales Alenia Space and Avio (space); ATR (regional aircraft); and Elettronica and MBDA (electronics and defence systems). Listed on the Milan Stock Exchange (LDO), in 2018 Leonardo recorded consolidated revenues of €12.2 billion and invested €1.4 billion in Research and Development. The Group has been part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) since 2010 and became Industry leader of the Aerospace & Defence sector in 2019.