AgustaWestland announced this week at Farnborough '08 the first
Grand light twin helicopter sold in Russia has been delivered to
its private owner.
"The delivery of this Grand helicopter marks the entry into the
Russian market of this best selling light twin for VIP and
corporate transport," the helomaker tells ANN. "The Grand joins a
number of AW119 and AW109 Power helicopters that are already in
service with private and corporate clients in Russia."
AgustaWestland says it sees more Russian helo deliveries in the
future. The company recently signed a contract and distribution
agreement with Oboronprom Corporation and Loyd's Investments Corp.
The three-staged agreement paves the way for establishing a number
of maintenance centers, to support the expanding AgustaWestland
fleet in Russia, and a joint production agreement of AgustaWestland
helicopters in Russia for both domestic and international
The Grand is a new top-of-the-range light twin helicopter
developed to meet a wide range of market requirements and provides
levels of cabin space and payload that until now could only be met
by larger, more expensive helicopters.
AgustaWestland says the large unobstructed passenger cabin,
advanced avionics, and low operating costs have helped the Grand
find marketplace success in a short time. Orders for over 230
helicopters have been placed by almost 130 customers in almost 30