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PRESS RELEASE – Marignane, 21 January 2020

Airbus Helicopters will be showcasing its civil range of helicopters at Heli-Expo 2020, which runs from 28-30 January at the Anaheim Convention Center in California.

Centre-stage on booth 3432 will be an H125, an ACH130 Aston Martin Edition, and an H175. The H125 will be displayed with the company’s latest improvements destined to better serve aerial work operations. Following the success of Airbus Corporate Helicopters (ACH) since its launch in 2017 as the dedicated Private & Business Aviation helicopter platform, particularly with the ACH145 and ACH160, Airbus has renewed its offer for the ACH130 by partnering with Aston Martin, the epitome of automotive art. The H175 on the booth will be displayed in an offshore transportation configuration. In addition, an H160 immersive experience will highlight the helicopter’s breakthrough innovations in three of its major missions – offshore transportation, private and business aviation, and emergency medical services, as well as its digital support concept.

“Customer centricity is the focus of our display at Heli-Expo this year, as it is for our operations on a daily basis,” said Bruno Even, Airbus Helicopters CEO. “The continuous product improvements and service enhancements being implemented on our wide range of aircraft are intended to provide value to our customers and to facilitate the varying missions of our helicopters all over the world.”

Committed to accompanying customers long after an aircraft is first delivered, Airbus will present its latest selection of support and service enhancements at the HCare corner, where visitors can learn more about the new online customer portal, digital services, analytics, training, and HCare global contracts. These offers, among others, enable customers to increase availability and mission success, optimise their costs, lower the maintenance burden, enhance safety and sustain the value of their assets.

In addition, the Airbus Helicopters static display, adjacent to the booth, will feature an AS332 from Heli Austria in a firefighting configuration, an H125 from Brainerd Helicopters in an aerial work configuration and an H125 from LAPD in a law enforcement configuration, an H145 from San Diego Gas & Electric, and last but not least, the Vahana demonstrator, having just completed its flight test campaign.  On the flight line at Heli-Expo, customers can experience a demo in an H125 equipped with the new Garmin TXi TM avionics, an H135, and an ACH130 with a bespoke interior.

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ZT-RKA – WORLD ROTORS update

Thanks to Luigi PISANO / Aviaphotos for these unique images of the factory new Leonardo Helicopters AW139 ZT-RKA operated by Fireblade Aviation (Pty) Ltd … on delivery to her new home via Milan Malpensa, January 2020.

ZK-HLH – DATA SHEET update

Thanks to Philip STOTT and Daniel COOMBE for these new images of the Leonardo Helicopters AW169 ZK-HLH operated by Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust … approaching the helipad on rooftop of Auckalnd City Hospital, January 2020.

  • Contract valued at USD 176,472,608 for aircraft, spares, initial support and training, work to be completed in October 2021
  • This contract, as Fiscal Year 2020 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds, was competitively procured via a request for proposal of various offers
  • Profumo: “On the cusp of celebrating nearly 40 years of operating in Philadelphia, Leonardo is thrilled the U.S. Navy has selected us as a local and long term partner. We are proud to be a core contributor to the future of U.S. defense.”

PRESS RELEASE – Rome, 14 January 2020

Leonardo awarded contract for 32 TH-73A helicopters by U.S. Department of Defense.

Leonardo, through AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corp., has been awarded a firm-fixed-price contract valued at USD 176,472,608 for the production and delivery of 32 TH-73A helicopters, initial spares, support and dedicated equipment, and specific pilot and maintenance training services. This contract, as Fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement (Navy) funds, was competitively procured via a request for proposal of various offers. Work will be mainly performed at Leonardo’s Philadelphia facility and is expected to be completed in October 2021.
Alessandro Profumo, Chief Executive Officer Leonardo said, “On the cusp of celebrating nearly 40 years of operating in Philadelphia, Leonardo is thrilled the U.S. Navy has selected our TH119-based offer and us as a local and long term partner. We are proud to be a core contributor to the future of U.S. defense.”
Gian Piero Cutillo, Managing Director of Leonardo Helicopters added, “Today’s brilliant news is a ringing endorsement for our solutions setting new industry standards for training. We are committed to working with the U.S. Navy to ensure future pilots meet all evolving service requirements.”
William Hunt, Managing Director of Leonardo Helicopters Philadelphia said, “Our plan since day one has been to offer the U.S. Navy the training capabilities they asked for, without compromise. We are honored to deliver on that promise, build the new fleet in Philadelphia and maintain it from Milton, Florida.”

HB-ZQZ – WORLD ROTORS update

Thanks to Luigi PISANO / Aviaphotos for these images of the Leonardo Helicopters AW169 HB-ZQZ operated by Swift Copters SA during her delivery flight to Geneva. Milan Malpensa, January 2020.

EC-KLC – WORLD ROTORS update

Thanks to Rui CARDOSO for this image of the AgustaWestland AW139 EC-KLC operated by Babcock Mission Critical Services Portugal on behalf of INEM Emergencia Medica … taken al Lisboa in December 2019. This helicopter was flying in Italy for more than 10 years with Elilario Italia, Inaer Aviation Italia, Babcock MCS Italia … and afterward moved to Spain and than Portugal in Mid 2018.

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PRESS RELEASE – 7 January 2020.

PORTLAND, ORE. – Erickson Incorporated, a worldwide leading operator, maintainer, and manufacturer of utility aircraft, announces new aircraft orders to be delivered in 2020 and 2021, demonstrating further commitment by global customers to the platform. Korea Forest Service (KFS) purchased another S-64 Air Crane® helicopter, which will add the K9 S-64 to their fleet. Recently, Erickson announced the delivery of K7 and K8 S-64 Air Crane® helicopters to KFS. With the delivery of K9 set for 2020, this will bring KFS operational aircraft to seven S-64 Air Crane® helicopters in South Korea.

In addition, Vigili del Fuoco (VVF), Italy, announced two S-64 aircraft sales. Erickson plans to deliver one S-64F in 2020 and the second to be delivered in 2021. Both aircraft will support VVF for firefighting and multi-mission emergency response support in Europe.

These orders signal continued demand for the S-64 around the world. “The recent acquisitions of KFS and VVF reaffirms the S-64 Air Crane® as the premier forestry defense and emergency response resource. The consistent investment in product improvement and innovation has promoted customer confidence; we are thrilled to continue our partnership in supporting their critical missions.” – Justin Saxbury, Senior Sales Director of Aerosystems

HB-ZQQ – WORLD ROTORS update

Thanks to Roland BUSSER for these great images of the AgustaWestland A109S Grand HB-ZQQ operated by Karen SA while approaching landing area at Samedan (GR), December 2019. This helicopter was previously operated in Italy as I-FACM, from 2007 till 2019, and still wearing the original “Ferrari” color scheme.

G-CKYP – DATA SHEET update

Thanks to Graeme LOVELL for these new images of the AgustaWestland AW139 G-CKYP operated from Bristow Helicopters Ltd … at Norwich, March 2019.