Augusta Names Grand U.S. Launch Customer

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Agusta Aerospace Corporation said this month that Seacor Holdings Inc. will be the U.S. offshore oil and gas industry launch customer for its recently announced Agusta Grand light twin turbine helicopter. The Grand was unveiled at the recent Farnborough air show; deliveries are to start in 2005. Seacor is an international provider of marine transportation services to the petroleum industry. “The Agusta Grand’s spacious cabin, high cruise speed and payload/range capability are important considerations for our helicopter operations. We are excited about the potential of the Agusta Grand,” says Ed Washecka, vice president at Seacor. Agusta's Grand is slated to have Pratt & Whitney PW207C turboshaft engines with FADEC control and an up-rated transmission allowing a max gross takeoff weight of 7,000 pounds. According to Agusta, more than 20 firm orders have been received for the Grand in the two months since its announcement.