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Leonardo adds AW09 distributorship agreements and multiple-types orders at EBACE

May 30, 2024  By Helicopters Staff


Leonardo appointed Léman Aviation and Sloane as official distributors for its single-engine AW09 helicopter. In February of this year, Sloane and Leonardo announced what the aircraft manufacturer described as a major reinforcement of their collaboration in the UK and Ireland commercial helicopter market, dating back to 1995, with the signing of preliminary sales contracts for nine AW09s.

Léman Aviation, based in Switzerland and France with a strong presence in Monaco and the French Riviera, signed a Preliminary Sales Contract for 10 AW09s in late 2023. This deal extended the market reach of the new type to Europe following announcements of partnerships and distribution agreements already made in North and Latin America, and Asia in 2023. As the distributorship agreement is in place, Leonardo explains a first private end-user customer from France has also ordered one aircraft through Léman Aviation for passenger transport duties, therefore becoming the launch customer for the type in the country.

Leonardo and Blueberry Aviation, a private company that provides a range of services to operators, owners, financiers and investors in the fixed wing aircraft and helicopter sectors, are in talks to extend its collaboration in Central/Southern Europe to include the AW09 in its distributorship portfolio.

At EBACE, Universal Vulkaan Aviation Pte Limited, appointed as Leonardo’s distributor for the Indian civil helicopter market earlier this year, signed preliminary sales contracts for five AW09s. Universal Vulkaan also signed a contract for three helicopters including one AW109 GrandNew, one AW169 and one AW139 with deliveries expected between 2025 and 2026. This order is part of a framework agreement to procure 10 units from these three twin-engine types over three years.

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“The achievements and discussions held at EBACE leading to these multiple announcements testify once more our further growing competitiveness in the VIP-Corporate market, not only in the multi-engine segments but also with the growing level of endorsement for and interest in the AW09 single engine,” said Stefano Villanti, SVP Marketing & Sales at Leonardo Helicopters. “This means we’re extending the reach of our value proposition to a greater community of passenger transport users and service providers by type and region and we’re doing so at a steady pace.”

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