Weststar Aviation Services Sdn Bhd and Leonardo Helicopter Division celebrate clocking 100,000 flying hours with AW139 fleet at LIMA17

21 March 2017

March 21st, - Langkawi, Malaysia Weststar Aviation Services Sdn Bhd (“Weststar Aviation Services”) and Leonardo Helicopter Division (“Leonardo”) celebrated today the successful reaching of the impressive milestone of 100,000 flying hours with Weststar’s AW139 fleet. The ceremony was held at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition.

During the ceremony, held earlier today at Leonardo’s chalet, the Group Managing Director of The Weststar Group, Tan Sri Dr. Syed Azman Syed Ibrahim received the congratulatory plaque from Daniele Romiti, Managing Director of Leonardo Helicopter Division.

Weststar Aviation Services is the largest South East Asian offshore helicopter services provider and largest helicopter operator of AW139 helicopters in Asia. Weststar Aviation Services AW139 first entered service in 2011 and achieved the milestone in just 72 months of its operations. Leonardo is the leading global helicopter manufacturer.

Tan Sri Dr. Syed Azman Syed Ibrahim, The Group Managing Director of The Weststar Group said: “We are very proud to be sharing this milestone with Leonardo Helicopter Division. We would like to thank Leonardo for supporting Weststar Aviation Services in achieving our 100,000 hours’ milestone. We look forward to greater collaboration with Leonardo and hope that they will continue to provide quality service to support our operations”.

“Reaching this milestone is a testament to the capability of the AW139 aircraft, the capability of our experienced crews and our employees. The accomplishment of 100,000 flight hours for a single model of aircraft is truly extraordinary for such a young company like Weststar Aviation Services” he added.

Mr. Daniele Romiti, Managing Director of Leonardo Helicopter Division, said: “Weststar’s accomplishment is a feat its pilots, technicians and employees should really be proud of. This plaque is for them and for their work. I am equally proud of the quality of the work we do together with Weststar, in developing great customised products according to high customer standards, while keeping them operationally safe and efficient. I look forward to celebrating the next milestone we will soon reach.”

Weststar Aviation Services now has a total of 26 units AW139 helicopters and 1 unit of AW189 super medium helicopter operating out of its operation bases in Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia performing a wide range of services focusing on the offshore helicopter transportation services.

About Weststar Aviation Services Sdn Bhd (WASSB)
Weststar Aviation Services Sdn Bhd (WASSB) is one of the global leaders in offshore helicopter aviation services. A recognized rotary wing helicopter services operator, WASSB has served various reputable domestic and multinational oil & gas clients since its inception in 2008. Over the years, this trajectory has elevated WASSB as the largest offshore helicopter operator in South East Asia with operations that span across Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia. Possessing a mix of wide- ranging state-of-the-art helicopter fleet, WASSB operates Leonardo Helicopters AW139 and AW189 to carry out its offshore missions. With firm plans to expand its business globally, WASSB is making rapid headway in important oil and gas marketplaces and emerging regional markets.

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