PRESS RELEASE – 1 February 2018
Say hello to Kopter! Marenco Swisshelicopter (MSH) rebrands its fast-growing business.
Wetzikon/Zurich, February 1st, 2018 – MSH, the Swiss helicopter manufacturer, has unveiled its new brand name.
During an inauguration event held at its recently completed corporate/engineering facility, the company’s CEO, Andreas Loewenstein, introduced Kopter to customers, suppliers, partners and staff. Kopter marks a new chapter in the company’s history. The launch is an opportunity for the company’s leadership to share its ambitious business strategy, as well as news about its upcoming flight test programme and the start of production of the SH09 helicopter.
The introduction of the Kopter name, logo and brand design is a decisive step that places the business as a potential leader in the marketplace. By simplifying the brand, Kopter will be better placed to tell the world its story. The distinctive branding will be accompanied by a bold new strapline that outlines the business’s everyday aim – and its ongoing vision – for missions
accomplished. Loewenstein said of the rebrand: “We’re a company with an upward trajectory. Over the past few years, we have grown quickly. To support that growth, and place us as a leader in our field, we need to be clear about who we are. That means investing in our brand and telling our story.”
“Our new name provides us with immediate recognition. It allows us to own a word that is synonymous with helicopter travel. As we are an unmistakably Swiss company, the use of a ‘k’ – instead of a ‘c’ – gives the Kopter a strong, Swiss–Germanic feel. It has a feeling of solidity and dependability – two things that are essential in our industry.” “Kopter is a modern name. In branding as in engineering, confidence is delivered through simplicity of thought. Kopter is a marker in the ground to let people know we have arrived – and we’re here to stay.” Kopter also makes a promise to its customers: whatever the missions, whatever the times, wherever the places, Kopter will get you where you’re going – safely, quickly and consistently.
Aerospatiale SA365C1 Dauphin ( c/n 5008 ) Aeroveneta / Croce Bianca Elisoccorso I-CMBR … “Pelikan 1” operating on behalf of EMS Alto Adige, resting at Bolzano Airport, November 1990. This helicopter was written off due to an accident few years later (07.01.1996) while attempting to take off from Bolzano Hospital – See ASN Accident Report Page
PRESS RELEASE – 7 February 2018
Leonardo expands its presence in Bangladesh helicopter market.
- Three AW109 Trekker and two AW119Kx helicopters to be delivered in 2018 to Bashundhara Airways.
- Leonardo’s footprint in the market expanding to over 30% of turbine helicopters.
- Bashundhara Airways also to become exclusive distributor and a Service Centre for
Leonardo civil helicopters in Bangladesh.
Singapore, 07 February 2018 – Leonardo is expanding its share of the growing Bangladeshi helicopter market with the announcement, during Singapore Air Show, of the upcoming delivery of five helicopters to Bashundhara Airways, comprising three AW109 Trekkers and two AW119Kx. The helicopters will be used for EMS, utility, law-enforcement, surveillance, VIP, corporate & passenger transport applications and are all scheduled to be delivered before the end of 2018 bringing Leonardo’s market share to exceed a 30%. Furthermore, Bashundhara Airways has been appointed exclusive distributor of Leonardo civil helicopters in Bangladesh and will establish a Service Centre for the Country, thus beginning a fruitful collaboration. The appointment marks another step in Leonardo’s ongoing expansion of its customer support network around the world, establishing centers close to customers to provide quicker and better services.
Leonardo already has an established presence in Bangladesh with government customers operating helicopters – including twin-engine AW139s with the Bangladesh Air Force and AW109Mss with the Navy – and other defence and security systems. Bashundhara Airways is part of Bashundhara Group, one of the largest conglomerates of Bangladesh. Leaded by the dynamic leadership of Managing Director Mr. Safwan Sobhan, the company, debuted in late 2016 great vision to be one of the remarkable & extraordinary air service providers of south-east Asia, being the most cost-effective & upholding uncompromised safety, unmatched quality & unbroken commitments. Bashundhara Airways is working with the Bangaldesh government to establish the first & only private heliport in the heart of Dhaka. The AW119Kx is a best in class single engine helicopter featuring a ‘state-of-the-art’ avionics system for enhanced situational awareness, mission effectiveness and safety. Nearly 300 AW119 helicopters have been ordered to date in almost 40 countries by over 120 customers. The AW109 Trekker is the latest addition to Leonardo’s helicopter portfolio and the company’s first light twin to offer skid landing gear. Featuring modern modular avionics it can be easily configured for a wide range of roles and is the ideal solution for EMS, utility, SAR, law enforcement, surveillance and passenger transport applications. Orders for over 40 AW109 Trekkers have been logged so far by customers in Europe, North America and Asia to perform roles like emergency medical service, law enforcement and utility missions.
PRESS RELEASE – 7 February 2018
Leonardo cresce in Indonesia con nuovi ordini e consegne nel settore degli elicotteri.
- Ordinati due AW169 destinati al trasporto aziendale.
- Leonardo amplierà ulteriormente la presenza nel Paese grazie alle prossime consegne di elicotteri per missioni offshore, antincendio e di elisoccorso.
- La flotta di elicotteri di Leonardo in Indonesia è raddoppiata negli ultimi 3 anni.
Singapore, 7 febbraio 2018 – L’Indonesia si conferma un mercato in forte crescita per Leonardo grazie ad un nuovo ordine nel Paese per due elicotteri intermedi leggeri AW169 destinati al trasporto aziendale.
Gli elicotteri, i primi di questo modello ordinati in Indonesia, saranno consegnati entro la fine del 2018. Con le imminenti consegne di un ulteriore AW139, che sarà gestito dalla compagnia aerea Travira per operazioni offshore, e di due AW119Kx per attività antincendio e di elisoccorso all’operatore NUH, Leonardo espande ulteriormente la sua presenza in ambito elicotteristico nel Paese con una crescita della flotta del 100% negli ultimi 3 anni.
I nuovi ordini e le consegne si aggiungono a vari modelli impiegati per numerosi ruoli, confermando la flessibilità della gamma di prodotti di Leonardo nel settore. Tra questi, l’elicottero intermedio AW139, gestito dall’agenzia governativa BASARNAS per missioni di ricerca e soccorso, altri AW139 per attività offshore e un mix di elicotteri monomotore e bimotore leggeri impiegati per il trasporto di passeggeri. Leonardo è, inoltre, presente nel Paese nell’ambito di diversi programmi governativi e militari, nei sistemi di difesa forniti alla Marina indonesiana e nel settore dell’osservazione satellitare.
PRESS RELEASE – 7 February 2018.
Airbus Helicopters starts the year with new orders and deliveries in Japan.
Singapore, 7 February 2018 – Airbus Helicopters’ business in Japan gains traction with two new orders and two new deliveries at the start of the year, reaffirming the company’s strong presence in the country. Currently leading the Japanese civil and parapublic helicopter market with more than 50% market share, Airbus Helicopters plans to increase its position in tandem with the Japan’s projected fleet growth of 2% annually over the next 20 years.
The first contract was signed with longstanding customer Excel Air Services, for a Helionix-equipped H135 helicopter. This new aircraft will join the operator’s growing Airbus fleet currently comprising an AS355N, AS350B2, AS350B3 and Hermès-designed H135. This best-seller light-twin helicopter will be dedicated for electronic news gathering missions.
The second contract was signed with a new customer the Hokkaido Government, which placed an order for one AS365N3+ helicopter from the Dauphin family. The helicopter will be dedicated for rescue missions and supporting activities in the Prefecture and will play an important role in the North of Japan, known for its extensive fields and harsh winter conditions.
Additionally, Airbus has delivered one AS365N3+ helicopter each to the Fukuoka City Fire Department and the Kumamoto prefecture respectively, for firefighting work, search and rescue missions and emergency support. “The successive orders and deliveries signal a good start to the new year in Japan, as we renew long-lasting relationships and welcome new ones,” said Olivier Tillier, Managing Director of Airbus Helicopters in Japan. “With more orders expected in the coming months, we are all geared to provide total support through our well established value chain to serve the growing needs of our customers.”
PRESS RELEASE – 6 February 2018.
ABC chooses AW169 for electronic newsgathering in Japan.
Leonardo and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace, the official distributor in Japan for the AW169 and AW139 helicopter models, announced on Feb. 6 the signing of a contract with Asahi Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) for one AW169 light intermediate helicopter. The helicopter with special configuration will enter service in 2021 adding to one AW169 sold to Asahi Shimbun newspaper.
The aircraft, replacing an older model, will be used to perform electronic newsgathering (ENG) operations, with entry into service expected in 2021 following local mission equipment installation and customization. The aircraft will feature an ultra-HD gyrostabilized camera, microwave downlink for live broadcasting and a comprehensive TV mission console. The order marks the fourth AW169 sale in Japan, the second for ENG tasks following contract from Asahi Shimbun newspaper testifying customer’s satisfaction with the type. The AW169 is perfectly suited to perform electronic newsgathering operations thanks to high performance, cabin space, latest safety standards and versatility. Leonardo has experienced a growing presence in the Japanese ENG market in recent years with the contracts for 10 aircraft including seven AW139s (NHK, Kansai TV, Nippon TV, Chukyo TV), two AW169s and one GrandNew (Asahi Shimbun and ABC).
Nearly 120 Leonardo helicopters of various models are in service in Japan today, performing a range of missions including EMS, SAR, law enforcement, firefighting, disaster relief, VIP/corporate transport, electronic newsgathering and naval operations. A versatile, new-generation, twin-engine light intermediate category helicopter, the 4.6/4.8 tonne AW169 has been designed in response to the growing market demand for an aircraft that delivers high performance, meets all the latest safety standards and has multi-role capabilities. Orders for more than 170 AW169 helicopters have been signed by over 70 customers in nearly 30 countries around the world to date for a wide range of applications including air ambulance, law enforcement, executive/corporate transport and electronic newsgathering. Almost 50 units have already been delivered globally.