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Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA) is expanding its AW139 offshore fleet with an order for an additional six helicopters from Leonardo.

The aircraft are expected to be delivered in the 2024-2026 timeframe and will be used to perform offshore transport missions further expanding ADA’s AW139 fleet primarily supporting the energy industry. These latest aircraft will also allow ADA to achieve compliance with the latest OGP guidelines.

Gian Piero Cutillo, MD Leonardo Helicopters, said: “This contract further strengthens the partnership between Leonardo and ADA, which has constantly grown over the years both in terms of latest generation platform supply and advanced customer support services. It further confirms the AW139’s presence in the Middle East and in the world’s energy industry market as the benchmark helicopter in its category”.

Fleet strategy

“Fleet strategy is very important to ADA as we plan for the future. This purchase of additional AW139s will ensure ADA has a state-of-the-art capable aircraft to support our continued growth in the industry”, said Abu Dhabi Aviation.

Leonardo and ADA have been collaborating for over 15 years with the operator acquiring a total of 33 aircraft to date, most of which are AW139s.

The ADA’s fleet of Leonardo helicopters was extended to comprehensive localised support, maintenance and overhaul services in United Arab Emirates (UAE) around ten years ago with the establishment of the AgustaWestland Aviation Services Joint Venture and subsequently training and simulation capabilities.

Abu Dhabi Aviation is a national shareholding company and the largest commercial helicopter operator in MENA region. The company owns a fleet of nearly 60 aircrafts, including more than 50 helicopters and several fixed-wing aircrafts. ADA also operates aircrafts for various entities. ADA has won multiple international aviation awards. It has completed more than 1,000,000 safe flying hours
ADA conducts oil & gas on shore and off shore operations as well as HEMS, VIP transport and other aviation services in the UAE and world wide. ADA is also a capable Leonardo MRO with both base, line & shop capability.

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