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New contract for the purchase of AW-169 and AW-139 helicopters

Signed between Weststar Aviation Services and Leonardo at "Lima 2019"

Weststar Aviation Services, a reference regional off-shore helicopter transportation services provider, and Leonardo signed a contract –valued at around 50 million euros- for three new-generation AW-169 and two AW-139 helicopters for off-shore operations in West Africa and the Middle East.

The contract signing ceremony was held today at the "Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition" ("LIMA") in the presence of the Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. The three AW-169 aircraft will be for Weststar's ExxonMobil & Noble contract in Equatorial Guinea while the two AW-139s are for the Al-Khafji Joint Operations contract in Saudi Arabia, which is a joint-venture between Kuwait Gulf Oil Company (KGOC) and Aramco Gulf Operations.

Since commencing its operations in 2003, Weststar Aviation Services has grown to become one of the global key players in the off-shore helicopter industry. To date, Weststar Aviation Services operates a total of 33 AW-139, AW-169 and AW-189 aircraft out of its bases in Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia.

The two models are part of Leonardo’s Family of new generation helicopters that also includes the AW-189. These aircraft are ideal for passenger transport, EMS and SAR missions. The company has a long-standing presence in Malaysia with a large fleet of helicopters –both commercial and military– defence, security and airport systems.

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