SHAH ALAM: New serial numbers. It appears that the newly delivered Leonardo AW139 helicopters have been assigned the standard registration numbers for leased aircraft, the M1++ series. The latest pictures of the helicopters revealed that their tail numbers are M104-01; M104-2 and M104-3. The fourth aircraft once delivered from Weststar Aviation Sdn Bhd will take the number M104-04.
The tail numbers were revealed when the Defence Minister DS Hishammuddin Hussein visited Butterworth airbase on February 10. The pictures from the ministry and RMAF did not show the tail numbers clearly but it was the media that revealed them.
For the record, the two leased Super King Air 350s from Aerotree Sdn Bhd carried the tail number M101-01 and M101-2. The leased Learjet from Aerotree for target towing carries the tail number M102-01. The five Airbus Helicopters EC120Bs leased for flight training at the Alor Setar airbase in Kedah carries the serial numbers M103-01 to -05.
From the AW139 post
RMAF has quietly took delivery of two Leonardo AW139 medium twin engine helicopters to replace the now retired Nuri fleet. The helicopters -leased from Weststar Aviation Services Sdn Bhd – according to the RMAF was delivered to the No.3 Squadron at Butterworth on December 4 last year.
The delivery was revealed when RMAF chief Gen. Ackbal Samad visited the Butterworth airbase on Jan.22 which was published in RMAF Facebook page. Two more AW139s will be delivered to the squadron on Feb. 22 and April 22, according to the same posting. The helicopters are leased from Weststar following a tender for them in 2020. The helicopters are operated by RMAF under the Government Operate, Company Owned and Maintained Concept (GOCOM). Weststar operates some 34 AW139 helicopters, it has been reported, likely one of the biggest fleet in the world. It has excess helicopters following the collapse of oil price around 2014 which resulted in most of its clients using boats to transfer the personnel to oil platforms instead of helicopters.
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It will be interesting to see the tail numbers for the other AW139 helicopters to be leased for the NTF and the Army.
— Malaysian Defence.