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Leonardo Helicopters AW109SP GrandNew ( c/n 22397 ) I-ERPA
Leonardo Helicopters AW109SP GrandNew ( c/n 22397 ) I-ERPA

Thanks to Oscar BERNARDI, Davide OLIVATI and Tiziano CAPENTI for these images of the factory new Leonardo Helicopters AW109SP GrandNew ( c/n 22397 ) I-ERPA … wearing this unique grey camo livery. The helicopter was delivered at the end of May and pictured in Verona Boscomantico and at Mugello Race Circuit Helipad during the recent MotoGP 2019 event.

Leonardo Helicopters AW109SP GrandNew ( c/n 22360 ) HB-ZPL

Here some new imgaes of the Leonardo Helicopters AW109SP GrandNew HB-ZPL operated from Swiss Helicopters AG on behalf of Alturia Ltd … departing from Milan Malpensa, April 2019. This helicopter was previously operated as I-AWCX and G-JTHO.

Heli-Expo 2018 – Press Release – 1 March 2018


  • Seventeen aircraft across Aw119Kx, AW109 GrandNew, AW109 Trekker, AW169, AW139 and AW189 models
  • Deliveries through to 2019 with aircraft to perform EMS missions across Europe, VIP/corporate and passenger transport in UK, Spain, Japan and Argentina, wind farm support in Germany, offshore in Indonesia and law enforcement in China among others
  • First contract for the recently EASA-certified AW109 Trekker in Northern Europe​ 
Leonardo announced further combined orders for helicopters at HELI-EXPO in Las Vegas today for a total of 17 aircraft valued at almost 140 million euro for several customers in various countries and for a range of commercial and public service applications. Contracts include a mix of AW119Kx single engine, AW109 GrandNew and AW109 Trekker light twins, AW169 light-intermediate, AW139 intermediate and AW189 super medium types, confirming the strong competitiveness of Company’s modern product portfolio.
A total of seven emergency medical service helicopters (EMS) to be operated in Europe have been sold, including four AW169s and three AW139s. An AW169 in particular has been purchased by Specialist Aviation Services (SAS) in UK which has already received seven aircraft and plans to bring the total fleet of AW169s to 12 in the future. Leonardo is a strong supplier of EMS and SAR helicopters with a fleet of over 600 units in service in 50 nations.
An AW169 has been ordered by HeliService International GmbH (HeliService) of Germany to perform missions in the North Sea. HeliService’s fleet already includes two AW169 in service and their initial orders in 2015 and 2016 marked the first AW169s for this application and the entry of the new model into the German helicopter market. Since then the AW169 success in the North Sea wind farm offshore market has grown further with orders placed by other European operators. Growth in the offshore transport market was achieved with the sale of an additional AW139, plus one option, to Travira Air in Indonesia. This is the fourth aircraft of this type sold to this operator in the Southeast Asian country.
In the UK, Sloane Helicopters, official distributor of Leonardo helicopters with more than 75 aircraft sold in UK and Ireland, placed an order for an AW109 GrandNew VIP and an AW109 Trekker. Sloane becomes the first customer for the recently EASA-certified AW109 Trekker in Northern Europe, following international market success for the new type which has so far logged orders for over 40 units. Another AW109 GrandNew has been ordered by Japanese official distributor Kaigai Corporation while an AW139 will be used for shuttle service operations in Spain. In Argentina, Flight Express placed an order for an AW119Kx and an AW169 in VIP/Corporate configuration. Leonardo is unmatched in the global VIP/corporate market with a 50% share in the multiengine segment.
Mitsui Bussan Aerospace of Japan and Leonardo have signed a renewal of the Distributorship Agreement for the next three years covering the AW169, AW139 and AW189 models, also including an order for one AW189 super medium helicopter. Furthermore, the partners have also signed the renewal of the Basic Ordering Agreement for an increasing stock of spare parts to further strengthen customer support services in Japan.

Finally, the Tianjin Municipal Public Security Bureau has chosen the AW139 for law enforcement emergency response, security, traffic control, search and rescue (SAR), and other public utility duties, expanding the presence of Leonardo in China for law enforcement roles. The Company has already delivered to Chinese operators more than 20 aircraft of various models for this task to date, including 9 AW139s, confirming itself as the law enforcement market leader in China.

PRESS RELEASE – 06 February 2018.

Leonardo signs for first ‘excellent’ service center in Japan.

Leonardo and Shizuoka Air Commuter Corporation (SACC) of Japan announced the signing of a Service Center Agreement to set up helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capabilities in Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport. The agreement foresees the construction and completion of a new dedicated hangar in 2018, with operational readiness by spring 2019. The MRO center will support the successful AW109 series and AW139 aircraft models with an annual capacity of up to 24 units and potential to grow its capacity based on market demand.

SACC’s MRO center will be the first service center in Japan ranked ‘excellent’ under Leonardo’s guidelines, expanding a local support network that already accounts for four service centers. ‘Excellent’ ranking is assigned to selected service centers focused on maintaining third party fleets and having the largest scope of service capabilities, all while guaranteeing the continued achievement of Leonardo’s customers stringent expectations and considering specific market requirements. With over 100 helicopter service and maintenance centers worldwide to date, Leonardo plans to establish at least one ‘excellent’ center in all strategic markets. This step reflects a strong commitment to position the customer at the core of any activity undertaken by Leonardo, from design through to life cycle support.

Leonardo’s regional business headquarters, based in Tokyo, has been supporting the company’s growing helicopter business in Japan since 2008. Over 120 helicopters of various models are in service in the country today performing a wide range of missions including emergency medical service, law enforcement, search-and-rescue, firefighting, disaster relief, VIP/corporate transport, electronic news gathering and naval utility. With nearly 25 years of maintenance services supplied through a growing support network nationwide, Leonardo is set to strengthen the level of service in the future. The Japanese turbine helicopter market shows significant potential in the next few decades to replace ageing fleets with modern technology and up to 30 new units could enter the market every year.

Established in 1991, the SACC, based in Shizuoka Prefecture where Mt. Fuji is located, has been providing operations and maintenance of helicopters and business jets for 25 years, maintaining a record of accident-free operations. SACC is also an operator of two GrandNew helicopters assembled by Leonardo and has supported the Dr. Heli national emergency medical service program since 2015.

PRESS RELEASE – 11 Agosto 2017


  • Tre AW169 e un GrandNew destinati ad operatori brasiliani per trasporto executive
  • Sono quasi 20 gli elicotteri di nuova generazione AW169 ordinati nel Paese fino ad oggi
  • Leonardo conferma la leadership nel mercato mondiale degli elicotteri VIP bimotore con una quota del 50%

Roma – 11 agosto 2017 – Leonardo ha annunciato oggi nuovi successi per i propri elicotteri executive in Brasile che rafforzano ulteriormente la leadership dell’Azienda nel Paese e sul mercato mondiale per questa applicazione operativa.

Gli ordini riguardano in particolare tre AW169 e un GrandNew per altrettanti clienti VIP brasiliani che espandono ulteriormente la presenza di Leonardo sul mercato elicotteristico del Paese sudamericano dove fino ad oggi sono state vendute quasi 200 macchine di vario tipo per diversi impieghi commerciali, militari e di pubblica utilità.

Gli elicotteri leggeri bimotore della serie GrandNew e AW109 vantano un solida presenza in Brasile. La combinazione di avanzate caratteristiche di tipo tecnologico e prestazionale, insieme all’elevato livello di confort e sicurezza, fanno del GrandNew la soluzione ideale per il trasporto VIP/corporate in Brasile e nel mondo. Sono oltre 360 le unità vendute fino ad oggi a più di 220 clienti in quasi 40 Paesi.

Il Brasile offre anche grandi opportunità per il più recente AW169. Degli oltre 160 elicotteri di questo tipo venduti fino ad oggi nel mondo infatti, quasi 20 sono destinati al mercato brasiliano. L’elicottero di nuova generazione AW169 si è dimostrato capace di soddisfare appieno le nuove esigenze degli operatori e presenta molteplici innovazioni anche per la sicurezza. Nuove soluzioni tecnologiche sono state adottate per i rotori, i motori, l’avionica, la trasmissione e i sistemi di alimentazione e questo modello è in grado di trasportare nella sua confortevole cabina fino a dieci passeggeri.

Grazie alle prossime consegne dei suoi nuovi modelli e alla crescita della presenza in Brasile e in Sud America, Leonardo conferma la sua leadership sul mercato mondiale degli elicotteri VIP bimotore con una quota del 50%.