Weight & dimensions
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The AgustaWestland AW101 is a medium-lift helicopter in military and civil use. First flown in 1987, it was developed by a joint venture between Westland Helicopters in the United Kingdom and Agusta in Italy in response to national requirements for a modern naval utility helicopter.
The AgustaWestland AW101 (marketed as Merlin) is proof that large helicopters are not just for military operations. Conceived as a joint venture between Britain and Italy, the AW101 (pre-merger designation EH101) is a medium-lift military helicopter that can be configured for various civilian uses. Big helicopters have a distinct advantage over smaller aircraft operating in the air taxi industry. And Merlin’s civilian operators took advantage of its enormous size to create a spacious and plush cabin making the AW101 a popular luxury transport and a favorite of VIPs around the globe.
Did you know?
Before being adapted for luxury air transport operations, the AW101 was initially designed for hunting down and sinking submarines.
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