AgustaWestland AW189

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AgustaWestland AW189 Mockup 2011.jpg
AgustaWestland AW189 mockup at model launch
Role Medium-lift helicopter
National origin Italy
Manufacturer AgustaWestland
First flight 21 December 2011
Introduction February 2014
Status Operational
Primary users Bristowgroup
Gulf Helicopters
Produced 2011-present
Number built 20+
Developed from AgustaWestland AW149

The AgustaWestland AW189 is a twin-engined, medium-lift helicopter manufactured by AgustaWestland, and derived from the AW149.

Design and development[edit]

The new AW189 model was announced by AgustaWestland at the Paris International Air Show on 20 June 2011. The company planned to have the helicopter certified by 2013 and in service in 2014.[1] It was certified by EASA in February 2014[2] and by FAA in March 2015.[3]

The AW189 is a civilian development of the military AW149, which in turn is an enlarged development of the AW139.[4] 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.[5][6] The AW189 has cockpit operations similar to AW139 and AW169.[6]

The AW189 is a large twin-engined helicopter with a five-bladed fully articulated main rotor, a four-bladed tail rotor and a retractable tricycle landing gear. It is powered by two General Electric CT7-2E1 turboshaft engines. It has room for 19 passengers and two crew, operation by a single pilot are allowed under some conditions and limitations.

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,[7][8] and the first production model flew in October 2013.[5] In July 2013, AgustaWestland reported over 80 orders and options placed for the helicopter.[9]

On 7 January 2015 AgustaWestland announced that it had concluded a deal to supply 160 AW189s to the Russian oil company Rosneft by 2025. The helicopters will be provided mainly through HeliVert, a joint venture between Finmeccanica-AgustaWestland and Russian Helicopters (a subsidiary of the corporation Rostec). HeliVert will be responsible for final assembly at its Tomilino plant near Moscow.[10]

On 19 January 2015 the U.S. helicopter operator, AAR Airlift and partner British International Helicopters (BIH) were granted a £180 million ($275 million) 10 year contract, beginning in April 2016, to support U.K. defense ministry operations in the Falkland Islands. Two AW189s will conduct search-and-rescue (SAR) duties on behalf of British Forces garrisoned out of Mount Pleasant Airfield on the South Atlantic islands, replacing RAF Sea Kings that will be retired at the end of March 2016.[11]


A Weststar Aviation AW189 before delivery on display at 2014 Farnborough Air Show in England

As of March 2015, there are about 150 orders for the AW189.[3]

 United Arab Emirates
 United Kingdom
 United States

Specifications (AW189)[edit]

Data from EASA Type certificate[2] and Yeovil's New Twin[19]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1 or 2
  • Capacity: Up to 19 passengers
  • Fuel capacity: 2,063 litres (2,569 l with belly tank)
  • Length: 17.60[20] m (57 ft 9 in)
  • Main rotor diameter: 14.60 m (47 ft 11 in)
  • Height: 5.06 m (16 ft 7 in)
  • Wing area: 53.3 m2 (574 ft2)
  • Gross weight: 8,300 kg (18,300 lb)
  • Powerplant: 2 × General Electric CT7-2E1 turboshaft engine, 1,492 kW (2,000 hp) each each


  • Cruising speed: 267–278 km/h (166–173 mph)
  • Range: 370[21] – 907[22] km (230 / 490 miles)

See also[edit]

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
Related lists


  1. ^ "AgustaWestland Unveils The AW189 Helicopter". AgustaWestland. 20 June 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "EASA Type-certificate data sheet No. EASA.R.510 for AW189" European Aviation Safety Agency, 23 January 2015. Retrieved: 12 March 2015.
  3. ^ a b Pope, Stephen (5 March 2015). "FAA Validates AgustaWestland AW189". Flying (magazine). Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Osborne, Tony (20 June 2011). "AW139 has 'changed' AgustaWestland's behaviour". The Shephard Group. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "First production AW189 performs its maiden flight" AirFramer 10 October 2013. Retrieved: 11 October 2013.
  6. ^ a b Maher, Guy R. (April 2015). "All in the family". Vertical Magazine. p. 55-62. Retrieved 11 April 2015.  mirror
  7. ^ "AgustaWestland’s New Generation AW189 Helicopter Completes Its Maiden Flight". AgustaWestland, 22 December 2011.
  8. ^ Sarsfield, Kate. "AgustaWestland's AW189 takes to the skies". Flight International, 22 December 2011.
  9. ^ a b "Bristow Group Sign Contract for 11 AW189 Helicopters for UK Search & Rescue". 23 July 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "AgustaWestland to Supply AW189 Civil Helicopters to Rosneft ". AugustaWestland, 7 January 2015.
  11. ^ a b "AAR Airlift Wins Falklands Helicopter Deal". Aviation Week, 19 January 2015.
  12. ^ Azerbaijan Airlines Orders Ten AgustaWestland Helicopters
  13. ^ Bel Air
  14. ^ Era Group Orders Five AgustaWestland AW-189
  15. ^ LIMA: Weststar signs helicopter deals with AgustaWestland, Eurocopter.
  16. ^ "Gulf Helicopters Signs Firm Orders for 15 AW189 Helicopters". Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "Dubai Air Wing Orders An AW189 For VIP Transport". Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  18. ^ "Milestone Aviation Group Signs Contract to Purchase First Eight New-Generation AgustaWestland Helicopters". Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  19. ^ Harding Air International May 2013, p. 56.
  20. ^ overall length, rotors turning
  21. ^ Harding Air International May 2013, p. 55.
  22. ^ AW product page
  • Harding, Ian (May 2013). "Yeovil's New Twin". Air International. Vol. 84 (No. 5): pp. 52–57.