Leonardo details 40 new helicopter orders
March 23, 2023 By Helicopters Staff
Leonardo at Heli-Expo 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia, announced new orders for nearly 40 aircraft of various models to several operators across Middle East, Asia, Americas and Europe primarily for energy support, rescue and public service duties, and VIP transport operations.
Combined orders for the AW139, AW169, AW109 GrandNew and AW109 Trekker types have a total value of approximately EUR470 million ($700 million), with deliveries to take place between 2023 and 2026.
All of these orders add to preliminary sales contracts, also announced at Heli-Expo, for more than 50 AW09 single engine helicopters for customers worldwide. The orders are also in addition to THC’s early announced decision to expand its AW139 fleet in Saudi Arabia for SAR, EMS and corporate transport, adding six helicopters plus 20 options within the next 18 months.
Nearly 25 aircraft will carry out offshore transport missions with various operators supporting the energy industry across geographies. The AW139 global fleet grew with new orders across the Middle East, Brazil, Thailand, Indonesia and Germany.
Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA) expanded its AW139 offshore fleet with an order for six more helicopters with deliveries expected in the 2024 to 2026 timeframe. OMNI Helicopters International (OHI) signed a contract for two AW139s to carry out offshore transport missions in Brazil with deliveries expected in 2024. This latest order follows a significant Leonardo fleet expansion at OHI adding to a total of six AW139s and two AW189 medium helicopters, which were procured between 2021 and 2022.
Two more AW139s were ordered by SFS Aviation, a leading provider of offshore helicopter services for oil and gas companies in Thailand. These aircraft, expected to be handed over this year, will increase the user’s fleet to a total of seven AW139s. In Indonesia, Travira Air signed a contract for an additional AW139 offshore, which is expected to be delivered in 2024.
HeliService international in Germany is strengthening its range of offshore transport services, with an order for two more Leonardo helicopters including an AW139 and an AW169. The aircraft are expected to be delivered in 2024. HeliService has been operating AW139s and AW169s for offshore wind farm support missions in the North Sea over the last few years with ongoing expansion in Asia and U.S., where three new AW169s are already expected to be in service starting from summer 2023.
The AW169 supporting offshore operations has been confirmed also in India with Global Vectra Helicorp Limited placing an order for two AW169s to support transport operations in the energy industry sector. The delivery of the aircraft is expected to be completed this year, joining a fleet of AW139s.
The AW169 and AW139 also increase their presence in the rescue and public service markets with new orders across Asia, Middle East and in U.S. for a total of 10 units.
In South Korea, EMS operator UI Helijet signed a contract for two AW169s. The aircraft are expected to be delivered in 2025 and will enter into service starting 2026. UI Helijet, an EMS contractor for the National Medical Center, the Ministry of Health and Welfare, was the first EMS operator using Leonardo’s helicopters in the country.
The Phoenix Police Department has signed a contract for one AW169 and an option for a second. The aircraft will be operated by the Phoenix Police Air Tactical Support Bureau, complementing the Leonardo AW109 Power originally acquired in 2005. The AW139 helicopter also represents a new order for one unit by Abu Dhabi Police in UAE. Mitsui Bussan Aerospace (MBA), the authorized distributor for the AW139, AW169 and AW189 helicopter models in Japan, announced with Leonardo orders recently signed for a total of six AW139s.
In Latin America, the Agusta brand grows with the sale of three helicopters to SynerJet Latina SA, a new distributor responsible for Colombia, Peru, Chile and Paraguay. In particular, these include two AW109 GrandNew and one AW109 Trekker light twin engine aircraft, with deliveries expected between the end of 2024 and the second quarter of 2025.
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