Wed, Jun 11, 2008
Company Has Manufactured Nearly 800 Airframes Since 1996
In a ceremony held at PZL-Swidnik's facility in Poland last
week, the 200th AW139 airframe to be manufactured by PZL-Swidnik
was accepted by AgustaWestland.
"We are delighted with PZL-Swidnik's major contribution to the
AW139 program and that PZL-Swidnik and its employees are benefiting
from the sales success the AW139 is having worldwide," said Bruno
Spagnolini, Managing Director - Operations. "Our long running
successful and expanding cooperation will continue to grow as the
sales of our helicopters continue to increase around the
Since PZL-Swidnik and AgustaWestland started cooperation in 1996
PZL-Swidnik has manufactured nearly 800 airframes for
AgustaWestland. PZL-Swidnik currently manufactures and assembles
AW119 Ke, AW109 Power, AW109 LUH, Grand and AW139 airframes,
sustaining nearly 1000 skilled staff at its Swidnik plant near
Lublin. At current production rates of 15 airframes per month it is
expected that PZL-Swidnik will deliver the 1000th airframe to
AgustaWestland in the second half of 2009.
The AW139 airframes constructed by PZL-Swidnik supply the two
AW139 final assembly lines located at AgustaWestland's facilities
in Vergiate, Italy and Philadelphia.
AgustaWestland is the biggest industrial partner of PZL-Swidnik
and provides work that represents over 30% of its annual turnover.
PZL-Swidnik as a partner in the AW139 program assisted in the
design of the aircraft, and manufactured the first prototype
airframe in April 2000 -- marking the first time PZL-Swidnik had
participated in the construction of a new helicopter with a foreign
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