The AW109 Trekker of S.A.F. Hélicoptères outperformed competing offers with its excellent performance, advanced avionics, cabin space mission capabilities for EMS operations
Delivery is expected by year end to support operations from Rouen Hospital
This latest achievement expands the range of commercial customers in France who operate Leonardo helicopters for EMS and VIP/corporate transport
To date over 70 AW109 Trekkers have been sold to customers worldwide for a range of roles
PRESS RELEASE – Rome, 16 June 2020
Leonardo announced today that the AW109 Trekker light twin engine helicopter has been chosen as the new helicopter to support Emergency Medical Service (EMS) operations from Rouen Hospital in Normandie, France.
One aircraft, with a specially customised EMS interior, is expected be delivered by the end of 2020 from Leonardo’s Vergiate final assembly line in Italy, and the rotorcraft will be operated by S.A.F. Hélicoptères.
The SAF Hélicoptères’ AW109 Trekker-based offer was selected following a thorough and rigorous tender process outperforming competing types. The contract award marks the entrance of this Leonardo light twin helicopter model into the French civil helicopter market and follows the success of the AW109 Power and Grand for EMS tasks in the country. This achievement also expands the number of French commercial customers using Leonardo helicopters such as the AW109 series, AW169 and AW139 for a range of roles including EMS and VIP/corporate transport. The AW109 Trekker is the perfect fit to meet other EMS requirements in France in the future.
Tristan Serretta, CEO of SAF Hélicoptères said “We’re proud to be the future supplier of helicopter EMS services from Rouen Hospital. As a helicopter operator, we’re always looking at proposing high-end economically-viable solutions to our customers. The team here is excited to introduce the Leonardo AW109 Trekker into SAF’s fleet. The region will benefit from our solid expertise and experience of HEMS combined with the exceptional capabilities in terms of EMS interior, performance, advanced avionics, safety standards of the Trekker. We look forward to starting operations supporting the local community.”
Leonardo: Sloane signs contract for two additional AW109s and renews Distributorship Agreement in UK.
Distributorship Agreement renewal signed with Sloane for the AW109 GrandNew, AW109 Trekker and AW169 in UK and Ireland foresees at least eight new sales by 2021
Leonardo is the world’s leading manufacturer in the VIP multiengine helicopter market with a 40% share; largest producer of corporate helicopters flying in UK
Combined orders for over 450 Grand/GrandNew and Trekker aircraft placed by customers worldwide to date
Geneva, 22 May 2019 – As the world’s leading manufacturer in the VIP multiengine helicopter market with a 40% share and the largest producer of corporate helicopters flying in UK, Leonardo is further growing its presence in this sector with the announcement of a further renewal of the Distributorship Agreement in UK and Ireland with its key partner Sloane Helicopters (Sloane). The agreement covers the AW109 GrandNew, AW109 Trekker and AW169 types over the period 2019-2021. Under the Distributorship Agreement, Sloane foresees the purchase of at least eight new helicopters by 2021, with a contract for an AW109 GrandNew and an AW109 Trekker in VIP configuration signed at EBACE. Leonardo is the world leader in the twin-engine VIP/corporate helicopter market including private, charter and VVIP/Government transport services, thanks to the most modern and largest product range featuring state-of-art avionic and navigation systems along with class leading performance, safety and comfort standards. Sloane said: “We are delighted and honoured to continue our close partnership with Leonardo Helicopters. The AW109 series and AW169 helicopters have consolidated their positions as the benchmark for helicopters in the corporate/VIP market. As the sole Distributor in the region for 24 years, Sloane Helicopters has an unrivalled understanding of customer requirements and continues to leverage this expertise by offering industry leading solutions throughout the sales process and after sales support.” The partnership with Sloane has led to the sale of nearly 80 aircraft to date. Following the outstanding success of earlier variants of the AW109 and the AW109 GrandNew, the new AW109 Trekker has more recently found success with three aircraft ordered in the region to date. The AW109 GrandNew and the AW109 Trekker share the same powerful engines, dynamics, the most spacious cabin and the best performance and maximum cruise speed in the light twin class, while featuring different digital core avionics and with retractable landing gear / skids respectively. Each provides customers with one more option depending on their specific operational requirements. Combined orders for over 450 Grand/GrandNew and Trekker helicopters have been placed by customers worldwide to date.
Nel 2018 Leonardo è il primo costruttore di elicotteri civili al mondo per valore con una quota di mercato del 40%, in crescita del 7% rispetto al 2017
Leader nel mercato elicotteristico civile anche negli USA, con i più alti ricavi derivanti da consegne per il secondo anno consecutivo
Esposti al salone americano gli elicotteri AW119, AW109 Trekker e AW169
Atlanta 5 marzo 2019 – Leonardo partecipa al salone elicotteristico Heli-Expo di Atlanta (dal 5 al 7 marzo) da protagonista in qualità di leader nel mercato civile mondiale. Nel 2018 l’Azienda si e affermata come il primo costruttore di elicotteri civili al mondo per valore con una quota del 40%, in crescita del 7% rispetto all’anno precedente. Le consegne di elicotteri ai clienti di tutto il mondo e per tutti gli impieghi sono state significativamente più alte rispetto alle 149 unità del 2017. Tale leadership è confermata anche negli USA, uno dei principali ‘home market’ dell’Azienda. Leonardo infatti è stato per due anni consecutivi il costruttore capace di generare i maggiori ricavi attraverso le consegne di elicotteri civili. La flotta elicotteristica nordamericana è più che raddoppiata negli ultimi dieci anni, passando da oltre 200 a più di 450 unità. Lo stabilimento Leonardo di Philadelphia ha fortemente contribuito negli anni con la consegna di oltre 550 elicotteri a clienti negli USA e nel mondo, e fornisce servizi di assistenza a più di mille macchine tra Nord e Sud America. Leonardo sta espandendo i servizi di supporto e addestramento con la realizzazione a Philadelphia di un nuovo centro per la formazione di piloti e tecnici dei propri clienti. Vengono inoltre inaugurati nuovi centri di assistenza tecnica regionale, in linea con gli obiettivi del Piano Industriale che prevede servizi sempre migliori e una maggior vicinanza al cliente. Inoltre l’importanza degli Stati Uniti è in crescita per l’Azienda, sempre più impegnata a cogliere opportunità anche in ambito militare. Dopo la selezione dell’elicottero MH-139, basato sul bestseller AW139, da parte della US Air Force per un programma nel quale Boeing svolge il ruolo di prime contractor, Leonardo partecipa ora alla gara per il requisito TH-XX della US Navy relativo al nuovo elicottero da addestramento. L’Azienda offre il monomotore TH-119, una combinazione unica di capacità di navigazione, prestazioni ai vertici della categoria, ampio spazio in cabina, avionica allo stato dell’arte e eccellente rapporto costo/efficacia. L’AW119, sulla cui base è stata sviluppata la variante per la US Navy, è già un prodotto di grande successo presso clienti governativi e militari in tutto il mondo per compiti di addestramento, salvataggio, sicurezza e utility. A Heli-Expo Leonardo fornisce chiara dimostrazione della propria leadership, con un’avanzata gamma di prodotti e servizi sviluppati per soddisfare i requisiti di mercato più stringenti in tema di prestazioni, sicurezza, tecnologia e efficienza. Gli elicotteri in statica quest’anno sono un AW119 in configurazione offshore, un AW109 Trekker per elisoccorso e un AW169 con allestimento VIP. Servizi totalmente nuovi o ulteriormente migliorati presentano soluzioni avanzate, un elevato livello di digitalizzazione e un sempre maggior livello di comunicazione con i clienti per rispondere alle loro esigenze.
CHINESE FLEET GROWS STRONGER WITH ORDERS FOR ADDITIONAL 26 HELICOPTERS WORTH IN EXCESS OF 120 MILLION EURO.
Contracts signed by Sino-US, the exclusive distributor of Leonardo in the Chinese civil and commercial helicopter market, for 7 AW119Kx, 15 AW109 Trekker and 4 AW139 helicopters valued more than 120 million euro with deliveries in 2018 and 2019
Latest orders follow those made in the last two years for 65 aircraft, particularly for EMS helicopters, confirming Leonardo as the leading helicopter supplier in China in both 2016 and 2017, the company with the largest deployed EMS helicopter fleet, and Sino-US as the national distributor with best performance.
Leonardo set a new yearly record delivery in China with 30 units shipped in 2017
More than 200 helicopters of various types produced by Leonardo have been sold to Chinese customers to date for a range of both commercial and public services
Leonardo announced today that Sino-US Intercontinental Helicopter Investment (Sino-US) of China has signed contracts for additional 26 helicopters, including 7 AW119Kx single engine, 15 AW109 Trekker light twins and 4 AW139 intermediate twins with deliveries expected to start this year through to 2019. The contracts are valued in excess of 120 million euro.
The orders follow a series of contracts, particularly for EMS helicopters, signed by Sino-US in recent years which include 25 AW119Kx single engines and a mix of 30 AW139s and AW169s in 2016, followed by 10 AW109 Trekkers in 2017. These latest orders strengthens the collaboration between Leonardo Helicopter and Sino-US in China, including Hong Kong and Macau. The presence of Leonardo in China grows stronger with more than 200 helicopters sold to Chinese customers of various types to date for a range of both commercial and public services, while maintaining its leading role in the EMS market. Leonardo has set a new yearly delivery record in the Chinese market with 30 units in 2017. With further deliveries planned in the next couple of years, Chinese civil operator Kingwing would become one of the largest for Leonardo helicopters worldwide.
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.
Newest type in the light twin-engine segment strengthening Leonardo’s position in this market for public services and utility duties
EASA Certification allows deliveries to start in the first quarter of 2018
Over 40 aircraft ordered by customers worldwide to date
Leonardo is pleased to announce that the AW109 Trekker helicopter was issued with type certification by the European Aviation Safety Agency(EASA) yesterday. Deliveries will start in the first quarter of 2018. The milestone marks the entry into the market of the newest light twin-engine helicopter designed by Leonardo, further strengthening its leading position in a key market segment, in particular to meet the growing demand for greater capability, versatility and cost effectiveness for public services and utility duties.
The AW109 Trekker, based on the bestselling AW109/Grand range of helicopters, is equipped with skid landing gear and a state-of-the-art Genesys Aerosystems “glass” cockpit. The cockpit display system provides pilots only with the necessary information to help reduce their workload while flying in challenging environments and in demanding weather conditions. The AW109 Trekker retains the same characteristics of high productivity, excellent performance and flying qualities, high maneuverability, robustness, advanced navigation capabilities and high inherent safety of the other light twin helicopters produced by Leonardo. Power is provided by two FADEC equipped Pratt & Whitney Canada PW207C turbine engines.
The spacious cabin, the same size as the Grand/GrandNew, can accommodate up to six passengers or one stretcher with three/four medical attendants or two stretchers and two medical attendants. Capable of single pilot operation, an additional passenger can be carried in the cockpit if required. The AW109 Trekker incorporatesmany safety features including a cocoon-type airframe; crash resistant fuel system, crew and passengers seats, full Cat. A / Class 1 performance in hot environments and a 30 minute ‘run-dry’ main gear box.
The aircraft is designed with a modular configuration approach in order to meet different needs, from single pilot VFR to dual pilot IFR. A wide range of role equipment is available including a cargo hook, external rescue hoist, searchlight, external loudspeakers, FLIR (Forward Looking Infra-Red) camera, video downlink, snow skis and emergency floats as well as a wide range of interior layouts to meet various customers’ operational requirements.Leonardo’s Customer Support & Training Global Network provides AW109 Trekker operators with a range of Service Plans and a state-of-the-art training capability to maximise operational safety and aircraft availability. TheAW109 Trekker can be easily configured for a wide range of roles and is the ideal solution for EMS, SAR, law enforcement, utility, surveillance, passenger transport and government duties. Orders for over 40 AW109 Trekkers have been placed by customers worldwide to date.