Ecuador Air Force Takes Delivery of Second-Hand AW119Ke

AW119Ke Koala Mk II HP-1677IA arriving at Guayaquil on delivery to the Ecuador Air Force on March 13. FAE

A SECOND-HAND AgustaWestland AW119Ke Koala Mk II has been delivered to the Fuerza Aérea Ecuatoriana (FAE – Ecuador Air Force), which is acquiring four of the type.  The helicopter, HP-1677IA (c/n 14738, ex N103YS) built in 2009, which still wore the overall red colour scheme and Panamanian registration of its previous operator, was acquired in the USA and flew into Base Aérea Simón Bolívar, Guayaquil, on March 13.

All four helicopters will be operated by Ala de Combat 22 (Combat Wing 22) at Guayaquil.  They will be used for search and rescue, humanitarian aid missions and transport to isolated áreas of the country.