- 01 Feb 2019
- Mike Chase
- Helicopter Comparison
The Agusta Westland AW139 is a medium-sized helicopter which has been a great success due its suitability for many roles including fire and emergency services and offshore transport. Powered by two 1,679shp Pratt & Whitney PT6C-67C turboshafts, it is also a very spacious VIP and executive helicopter with a main cabin for four or five with cabinetry.
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The Leonardo AW139 costs between $5.5m and $9.652m, according to HeliValue$ data taken in spring 2021. The price of an individual AW139 helicopter will be tied to a variety of factors that are specific to the aircraft. For example, its maintenance history, and its current maintenance condition will play a big part in negotiating an agreed sale price between the buyer and seller. Likewise, the time remaining on the airframe and engines before the next big maintenance inspection or overhaul is due will play a key role, as will modifications and upgrades made to the aircraft. With these and other factors considered, the sale price of an individual aircraft could be greater than, or less than the average retail price for the model year.
Buyers shopping the market for a Leonardo AW139 might consider other potential options in the same category, including the Airbus H155, which carries a maximum of 14 passengers (or six in executive configuration), and has a range of around 463nm.
In an executive and private transportation role, Leonardo emphasizes the AW139’s cabin flexibility, speed, comfort, and performance, noting that it offers “the largest unobstructed cabin” in its class. The Leonardo AW139 is engineered to very high safety standards, while a sophisticated avionics suite works with a 4-axis digital autopilot, 3D Smart View System (SVS), and offers a range of other technological benefits. Overall, the aircraft is known for its excellent handling characteristics, low vibration levels and its ergonomic design, which help reduce pilot fatigue and boost the comfort experienced by VIP passengers.
Compared to the AW139, the Leonardo AW189 is a larger platform which can transport a maximum of 19 passengers. The AW189 utilizes two General Electric CT7-2E1 engines, or, alternatively, a pair of Safran Aneto 1-K engines (AW189K).
Leonardo AW139 Helicopter Overview
By Gerrard Cowan - Editor, Aircraft Reviews
The Leonardo AW139 has been a major success for manufacturer AgustaWestland (now part of the Leonardo family). The helicopter is suitable for many roles, not least providing a very spacious VIP and executive transportation platform.
According to JETNET data published at the end of 2020, 1,094 AW139s have been produced since the model was launched in 2004. While more than half of these are in either the offshore or military domains, a sizeable chunk is used by corporate and VIP operators and owners.
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What features does the Leonardo AW139 offer?
As mentioned, the AW139 has a very spacious cabin, and offers the capacity to accommodate up to 15 passengers.
The aircraft is powered by two Pratt & Whitney PT6C-67C turboshaft engines featuring full authority digital engine control (FADEC), while the aircraft’s maximum range is 573nm.
What came before and after the Leonardo AW139?
The AW139 is part of Leonardo’s (formerly AgustaWestland’s) successful helicopter family today. Leonardo has produced two other aircraft related to the AW139, which share many of its features and equipment.
These are the AW169 – a smaller helicopter that accommodates up to ten passengers and is powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW210A engines – and the larger AW189, which we detail more about below.
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