"Ebace 2019". Contract signed for two AW-109 VIP helicopters
And renew Distributorship agreement in UK
As one of the world’s leading manufacturers in the VIP multiengine helicopter market with a 40% share and one of the largest producers of corporate helicopters flying in UK, Leonardo is further growing its presence in this sector with the announcement of a further renewal of the Distributorship Agreement in UK and Ireland with its key partner Sloane Helicopters (Sloane). The agreement covers the AW-109 GrandNew, AW-109 Trekker and AW-169 types over the period 2019-2021. Under the Distributorship Agreement, Sloane foresees the purchase of at least eight new helicopters by 2021, with a contract for an AW-109 GrandNew and an AW-109 Trekker in VIP configuration signed at "EBACE" (Geneva, May 21-23).
Leonardo is a world reference in the twin-engine VIP/corporate helicopter market including private, charter and VVIP/Government transport services, thanks to the most modern and largest product range featuring state-of-art avionic and navigation systems along with class leading performance, safety and comfort standards.
The partnership with Sloane has led to the sale of nearly 80 aircraft to date. Following the outstanding success of earlier variants of the AW-109 and the AW-109 GrandNew, the new AW-109 Trekker has more recently found success with three aircraft ordered in the region to date. The AW-109 GrandNew and the AW-109 Trekker share the same powerful engines, dynamics, the most spacious cabin and the best performance and maximum cruise speed in the light twin class, while featuring different digital core avionics and with retractable landing gear / skids respectively. Each provides customers with one more option depending on their specific operational requirements. Combined orders for over 450 Grand/GrandNew and Trekker units have been placed by customers worldwide to date.
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