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PRESS RELEASE – 19 July 2017

AW189 TO SUPPORT OIL&GAS OPERATIONS IN RUSSIA FROM SAKHALIN ISLAND.

  • The addition of this AW189 operated by Aviashelf expands the success of the type as the bestselling helicopter in its weight category and in the Oil&Gas market both in Russia and internationally.
  • The aircraft will be equipped with Full Ice Protection System for outstanding all weather operations.
  • Agreements for more than 150 AW189s, including orders and options, have been signed by customers worldwide to date.

Leonardo announced today that an AW189 super medium helicopter will be operated by Aviashelf to perform transport operations from Sakhalin Island in Russia supporting the Oil&Gas industry. The aircraft will be supplied together with a support and training package with delivery expected in summer 2018. This latest result confirms the competitiveness of Leonardo’s modern solutions in the Oil&Gas market and further strengthens the success of the AW189 in Russia and globally thanks to its performance, new design, latest safety standards and cost effectiveness. The AW189 will be equipped with a Full Ice Protection System (FIPS) allowing operations in known icing conditions when other helicopters would be grounded. With agreements for more than 150 helicopters including orders and options with customers worldwide, the 8.3/8.6 tonne AgustaWestland AW189 is the most successful commercial helicopter in the ‘super medium’ category. Developed to meet the growing market demand for a modern multirole helicopter with large capacity and long range capability, the AW189 meets the latest and most stringent certification and safety standards. The spacious cabin is configured with 16 seats as standard with the option of a high density 19-seat layout. The cockpit design, incorporating the latest in advanced situational awareness technologies, reduces crew workload and enhances safety. The AW189 is also fully compliant with the latest requirements of the Oil&Gas producers’ helicopter operations guidelines. The AW189 is unique in having a 50 minute ‘run-dry’ capable main gear box, exceeding current certification standards and offering unmatched safety and reliability for long range operations. Over 30 aircraft are already in service in Europe, Middle East, Asia and the Americas for transport and public service duties including search and rescue and have logged in excess of 25,000 flight hours. The AW189 is part of the family of new generation helicopters that includes the AW169 and AW139 models, which possess the same high performance flight characteristics and safety features as well as sharing a common cockpit layout, design philosophy and maintenance concept. This commonality allows more effective operations for customers using helicopter fleets across the 4 to 9 tonne weight range.

Leonardo Helicopters PRESS RELEASE – 19 June 2017

LEONARDO AND SINO-US INTERCONTINENTAL SIGN CONTRACT FOR 17 HELICOPTERS AND STRENGTHEN THE PARTNERSHIP IN THE CHINESE MARKET.

  • Contract for 17 helicopters comprising 2 AW119Kx, 10 AW109 Trekker and 5 AW139 models valued in excess of €100 million with deliveries starting this year
  • Sino-US Intercontinental becomes the exclusive Leonardo Helicopters distributor for the Chinese civil, commercial and offshore helicopter market (including Hong Kong and Macau)
  • Nearly 200 helicopters have been sold in China to date, half of them to Sino-US Intercontinental

Leonardo and Sino-US Intercontinental Helicopter Investment (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. announced today a further reinforcement of their strategic cooperation in the Chinese helicopter market. During an official ceremony held at the Paris Air Show, the parties announced the signing of a contract for the purchase of 17 helicopters comprising 2 AW119Kxsingle engine, 10 AW109 Trekker light twin and 5 AW139 intermediate twin engine models. The order is valued in excess of €100 million, with deliveries starting later this year.

The contract was signed in the framework of a Distributorship Agreement renewal, which also foresees the purchase of additional aircraft in the next three years, and makes Sino-US Intercontinental the exclusive distributor for the Chinese civil, commercial and offshore helicopter market (including Hong Kong and Macau). Furthermore, the exclusivity under the Distributorship Agreement will be extended to the entire Chinese helicopter market no later than mid-2019. The parties are also committed to strengthening the level of after-sales service with joint efforts aimed at establishing a completion centre and additional local training services, providing further evidence of the intention of Leonardo to deliver the best level of support to the benefit of the growing helicopter fleet in China.

Sino-US Intercontinental has so far placed orders for nearly 100 helicopters comprising AW119Kx, GrandNew, AW109 Trekker, AW169, AW139 and AW189 and has established the largest EMS (Emergency Medical Service) helicopter programme nationwide in China. The presence of Leonardo in China grows stronger with almost 200 helicopters sold to Chinese customers to date for commercial and public services. The growing fleet is supported by an increased customer support presence, recently enhanced by the opening of a major warehouse facility in Shanghai.

Leonardo Helicopters PRESS RELEASE – 19 June 2017

LCI ORDERS NINE HELICOPTERS AS IT TAKES DELIVERY OF A RECORD SIX UNITS IN A MONTH TIME.

  • Contract for nine aircraft comprising AW169, AW139 and AW189 helicopters valued in excess of US$120 million
  • LCI is taking delivery of five AW169s and one AW139 from Leonardo this month
  • 49 new Leonardo helicopters delivered or on order by LCI to date

Leonardo and Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation division of the Libra Group, have today announced an order for an additional nine helicopters. The order is valued at over US$120 million and covers the entire family of new generation helicopters – the AgustaWestland AW139, AW169 and AW189. Deliveries will commence this year and continue into 2018.

LCI is already a major customer for Leonardo aircraft, and this latest order adds to its previous orders for the same types, which now total 49. The versatility and efficiency of the AW169, AW139 and AW189 aircraft are proving extremely popular with leading operators across the globe. A record five AW169s and one AW139 are being delivered this month, and being deployed on Search and Rescue (SAR), Maritime Pilot transfers, Emergency Medical Services, and Training and Utility missions. This clearly demonstrates the diversity and balance of LCI’s lease portfolio and its capacity to grow within all the sectors, including offshore oil and gas.

Crispin Maunder, Executive Chairman of LCI, said: “Today’s order marks just an interim stage in our continued long term fleet development plan. We are seeing a resurgence of demand for modern, cost-effective helicopters across a range of different sectors, and this additional follow-on order underscores our confidence in the market and ensures that LCI has the right size and mix of helicopter fleet to fulfil our customers’ near term requirements. The record number of helicopters we have taken delivery of and placed on lease this month alone is a clear demonstration of the continuing strength and diversity of demand in the helicopter market and in particular that for Leonardo helicopters.”

Michael Platt, Chief Executive Officer of LCI, says: “We are delighted to be expanding our longstanding partnership with Leonardo, whose versatile and innovative aircraft are proving highly popular with the leading helicopter operators we work with across the globe. LCI’s fast-growing fleet is balanced across a diverse range of sectors which now includes HEMS, wind energy, oil and gas, marine pilot transfer, search and rescue, mining and training.”

LCI’s growing fleet of helicopters are on lease to operators worldwide serving a wide range of sectors including emergency medical services, search and rescue, offshore wind power, harbour pilots and training & utility, as well as a small proportion serving oil and gas production. LCI’s helicopter fleet is currently made up of approximately 60 helicopters in service and on order, including the market-leading Leonardo AW139, AW169 and AW189 helicopters.

Leonardo Helicopters AW169 Babcock Scandinavian Air Ambulance SE-JSG … on delivery to Sweden. Freidrichshafen, April 2017.

Leonardo Helicopters AW169 Babcock Scandinavian Air Ambulance I-PTFQ [SE-JSG] … performing pre-delivery flights. March 2017.

LEONARDO PRESS RELEASE – 06 April 2017

PANAMA’S SENAN AW139 FLEET REACHES 5,000 FLIGHT HOUR MILESTONE.

  • Moretti: “This milestone further reinforces the strength of the relationship between Leonardo and the Republic of Panama”
  • Fleet of six AW139s supporting Servicio Nacional Aeronaval (SENAN) for dual-use operations including rescue, medical evacuation, coastal patrolling
  • Additional two AW139s to join SENAN fleet in 2017

Leonardo announced today at LAAD in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, that the fleet of six AgustaWestland AW139s operated by Panama’s Servicio Nacional Aeronaval (SENAN) has achieved a 5,000 flight hour milestone.

This result has been achieved in less than four years since the first AW139 entered into service with SENAN in mid-2013. SENAN has benefited from Leonardo’s well-positioned service network in North and Central America, including support from a local service center in Panama, and spares support and comprehensive training solutions provided by Leonardo Helicopters’ Philadelphia facility.

“This milestone further reinforces the strength of the relationship between Leonardo and the Republic of Panama, as well as the high level of support provided to their fleet of government helicopters,” said Mauro Moretti, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Leonardo. “Additional deliveries of helicopters later this year will continue to build on the success of Leonardo in the Republic of Panama and are evidence of the solutions we can provide across all sectors to serve the country, its businesses, and its people.”

The current fleet of AW139s, configured for dual-use operations, has been routinely called upon to perform rescue missions, medical evacuations, and coastal patrolling. Two of the SENAN AW139s have recently deployed for further disaster relief efforts in Central America. An additional two AW139s fully configured for anti-smuggling and defense operations across Panama are expected to be delivered by the end of 2017.

SENAN also operates an EMS-configured GrandNew helicopter, noted for its ability to transport patients from remote locations with limited accessibility.

LEONARDO PRESS RELEASE – 06 April 2017

LEONARDO: AW169 HELICOPTER SELECTED BY THE ARGENTINE NATIONAL GENDARMERIE.

  • The operator will benefit from a customized configuration and the high versatility offered by the AW169
  • The AW169 will be delivered in the second half of 2017 for law enforcement and border patrol missions
  • Agreements for over 160 units including orders and options have been signed by customers worldwide to date

Leonardo announced today at the LAAD exhibition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, an order for an AgustaWestland AW169 by the Argentine National Gendarmerie in support of law enforcement and border patrol operations, expanding the presence of Leonardo in the highly competitive Argentinian government sector. Delivery of the AW169 to the Argentine National Gendarmerie is expected in the second half of 2017 and follows the first commercial AW169s to enter service in Argentina and Brazil, respectively.

Mauro Moretti, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Leonardo said “The selection of the new generation AW169 by such an important customer in Argentina provides further evidence of the competitiveness of the Company’s high quality, advanced technology solutions that are designed to meet the current and future requirements of prime operators in Latin America, particularly in the demanding security sector”.

The AW169 multi-role, multi-mission capabilities allow operators to leverage the aircraft’s unique assets forsurveillance, command, rescue and transport in support of a wide range of operations including public order and safety, crime control, counter terrorism, drug control and border security, and search and rescue. The Gendarmerie will operate an AW169 that features a night vision goggle (NVG) compatible cockpit, cabin roof hooks and wire strike equipment, and includes provisions for a cargo hook, external loudspeakers, rescue hoist, search light, fast roping and rappelling systems, and FLIR. This will allow the Gendarmerie to expand the scope of their missions in the future, as and when required.