In March 2013 Bristow Helicopters was awarded a contract to provide a complete Search and Rescue service around the UK coastline, replacing ageing military SAR helicopters and also taking over the service previously provided by CHC Scotia. To fulfil this contract, Bristow ordered eleven new-build AW189, for delivery from 2015. Note: Although I-PTFF (c/no 49005) appeared in HM Coastguard colours in September 2014, this was just for publicity purposes, the aircraft was not intended for Coastguard service. The AW189 was originally expected to enter service in 2015, but a delay in achieving ice protection system certification for this new helicopter design meant service entry was only achieved in July 2016. All eleven helicopters are scheduled to be in service by mid 2017.
|G-MCGM||89001||I-EASN||19 Jan 2015|
|G-MCGN||92001||–||28 Apr 2015|
|G-MCGP||92003||–||4 Jun 2015|
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