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AgustaWestland to set up Philly AW169 final assembly line

Posted 1 May 2013 · Add Comment

AgustaWestland is to established a final assembly line for the AW169 at its AgustaWestland Philadelphia facility located at Northeast Philadelphia Airport, USA.



The first Philadelphia built AW169 helicopter will be inducted into the final assembly in May 2014 and will be delivered to the first customer in early-2015. The new production line will ramp up to produce around 20 aircraft per year by 2017.

Incorporating a lean advanced manufacturing philosophy, the new AW169 production line will be scalable to accommodate production escalations based on market demand. Also AgustaWestland’s facilities in Vergiate (Italy) and Yeovil (UK) will play major roles in the manufacturing activities for the AW169 programme.

William Hunt, CEO, AgustaWestland Philadelphia said: “This is an exciting day for the team. As a major producer of commercial helicopters in the United States, we are pleased to further expand our production portfolio to include the AW169. The arrival of the AW169 production line will secure and create jobs here in Philadelphia and within our supply chain in North America. We have been in Philadelphia for over 30 years and have realised tremendous growth in servicing and supporting the commercial helicopter market over the past 10 years.” He added “The AW169 has generated an exceptionally good response in the market place since its launch securing orders for more than 80 aircraft. As the only new generation helicopter in its class for more than 30 years we believe it will be a great success and we are proud that the AW169 will be assembled in Philadelphia for our customers in the United States and around the world.”

More than 80 AW169 helicopters have now been ordered for a wide range of missions including corporate transport, air ambulance, law enforcement, utility and offshore transport. With all four prototypes already flying, the AW169 is on schedule to achieve civil certification in 2014.

AgustaWestland Philadelphia (above) is the US branch of AgustaWestland which was established in 1981 and operates out of a 275,000 square foot facility, on a 39-acre site at Northeast Philadelphia Airport in Pennsylvania.

The facility includes final assembly lines for the AW119Kx and AW139 helicopters, a parts supply depot for the Americas and a fully approved FAA and JAA repair station. AgustaWestland Philadelphia also performs helicopter customisation, has a delivery center for  AW109 Power and GrandNew aircraft, as well as providing maintenance services for customer aircraft based in the local area.
 

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