The eight-seat twin-engine GrandNew helicopter will begin a six day demonstration tour of New Zealand on 4th April. The tour will start in New Plymouth on the west coast of North Island and will also include stops in, among others, Wellington, Dunedin and Wanaka before finishing in Auckland. During the tour, both existing customers and potential customers will experience the comfort, performance and capabilities of the GrandNew which can fulfill a wide range of civil and public service roles.
AgustaWestland has a long history in Australia and New Zealand, providing state-of-the-art helicopters to both commercial and government customers. In New Zealand emergency medical service customers include the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust and Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust, while commercial operators such as HNZ have chosen AgustaWestland helicopters for various missions including offshore transport, harbor pilot and transport duties. In total, over 50 AgustaWestland helicopters are in service in the Australasia region.