HeliExpo 2005 is turning
out to be a "big money" show.
Bell/Agusta Aerospace Company made a justifiably big deal out of
an agreement with SEACOR Holdings Inc. SEACOR placed an order for
20 AB139 medium-twin helicopters. The ceremony took place at
Bell/Agusta's booth and is reportedly the largest order received
for the AB139 to date. The deal raises the backlog to more than 100
helicopters for over 40 customers worldwide.
“Today's order for 20 Bell/Agusta AB139s represents the
largest order for the aircraft so far,” stated Managing
Director Louis Bartolotta. “SEACOR's enthusiasm for and
confidence in the AB139 solidifies its position as the ideal
medium-twin helicopter for offshore applications.”
Delivery of SEACOR's 20 AB139s will commence later this year and
be completed by 2009. Initially, the helicopters will be used in
support of offshore oil operations in the Gulf of Mexico, but could
be deployed more widely in the future.
“SEACOR is excited about the acquisition of the
Bell/Agusta AB139 helicopter. We believe that the AB139 will give
our Era Helicopters unit a competitive advantage,” said
SEACOR Holdings Vice President Edward Washecka.
“The 139 is faster and has significantly greater
payload/range capability than its competitors. We believe that the
AB139 is the medium twin turbine helicopter for the
SEACOR and its subsidiaries are engaged in the operation of a
diversified fleet of offshore support vessels that service oil and
gas exploration and development activities in the U.S. Gulf of
Mexico, the North Sea, West Africa, Asia, Latin America and other
international regions. Other business activities primarily include
environmental services, inland river operations, and offshore