Photo: AW169; Image source: Leonardo

NHV orders two helicopters from Leonardo for North Sea ops

Helicopter design and manufacturing company Leonardo has recently signed a contract for two AW169 light intermediate helicopters with Belgium-based helicopter service provider NHV Group.

AW169; Image source: Leonardo

Leonardo said on Wednesday that the two helicopters were expected to be delivered between 2019 and 2020.

According to the company, they will be used by NHV to perform offshore transport operations in UK and North Sea area.

This latest order brings the total number of AW169s purchased by NHV to five, with the first three aircraft already in service in Norway for harbor pilot shuttle duties with NHV’s subsidiary Airlift AS.

Leonardo added that the contract also marked the entry of the new generation AW169 helicopter type into the European crew change offshore market following success in the emergency medical service and VIP/corporate and private transport markets.

The AW169 is the only new generation light intermediate twin engine helicopter in the market in nearly 40 years with orders for over 200 units from more than 80 customers in over 30 nations to date. Currently, more than 70 aircraft are in service worldwide.

It is worth reminding that the latest addition to the NHV Group fleet was a H175 super-medium twin helicopter added to the base in Esbjerg in April 2019.

Offshore Energy Today reported earlier on Wednesday that offshore helicopter transportation company Wiking Helikopter Service also ordered two AW139 helicopters from Leonardo.

The helicopters worth 30 million euros are also expected to be delivered in 2019 and 2020. They will be used to perform offshore transport operations in Northern Europe where Wiking already operates four such helicopters.

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