Leonardo has received an order for three AW139 helicopters, which will be used by Trauma Star for air ambulance support in Florida.
The medium twin-engine aircraft will be delivered to Monroe Country in Florida between late 2024 and early 2025.
“An extensive search for a replacement aircraft was made to update Trauma Star’s aging fleet of Sikorsky S76 aircraft with a newer, manufacturer-supported aircraft,” said Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay. “The goal was an aircraft that would increase operating cost efficiency and reduce downtime due to unscheduled maintenance.
“The AW139 is the only aircraft available that will meet Trauma Star’s mission profile, able to fly the distance, carry our payloads and utilize our current landing zones”
The AW139 is a popular choice for emergency medical service and search and rescue missions, with nearly 400 aircraft covering civil, parapublic and military operators carrying out emergency and disaster relief operations worldwide.
“We are honoured to begin our long-term partnership with Monroe County, and we are confident that the AW139 will provide Trauma Star with the capabilities they need to safely and effectively rescue and transport patients in Southern Florida,” said Clyde Woltman, chief executive officer of Leonardo Helicopters US.