The new AW189 model was announced by AgustaWestland at the Paris International Air Show on 20 June 2011. The company plans to have the helicopter certified by 2013 and in service in 2014. The AW189 is a civilian development of the military AW149, which is an enlarged development of the AW139. AgustaWestland aims to sell the AW189 for offshore helicopter support, search and rescue and passenger transport roles, and has 16 seats and a 50-minute run-dry gearbox for that purpose.
AgustaWestland AW189 at Paris Air Show 2013
The first AW189 took its maiden flight on 21 December 2011 from company’s facility in Cascina Costa, Italy, and the first production model flew in October 2013. In July 2013, AgustaWestland reported over 80 orders and options placed for the helicopter.