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PRESS RELEASE – Dubai, 13 November 2017

ABU DHABI AVIATION EXPANDS LEONARDO AW139 OFFSHORE HELICOPTER FLEET.

  • Order for two additional Leonardo AW139s with deliveries expected in 2017
  • Abu Dhabi Aviation already operates 15 AW139 helicopters
  • World best seller with over 1000 units ordered by 250 customers in 70 countries worldwide

Leonardo announced today that Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA) has signed a contract for two additional AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters. The announcement was made during an official ceremony at the Dubai Air Show. The aircraft will be used to perform offshore transport mission with deliveries expected in 2017, further expanding ADA’s AW139 fleet which today accounts of 15 units in service primarily supporting the Oil & Gas industry. This latest order is part of an agreement for 15 helicopters including the AW139/AW169/AW189 types with deliveries through to 2019 announced at the end of 2015.

“Owning a fleet of ultra-fast aircraft and a state-of-the-art safety system has helped Abu Dhabi Aviation to drive its operations to the highest level of customer service,” said H.E. Nader Ahmed Al Hammadi, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Aviation. “The services provided by Abu Dhabi Aviation are driven by customer’s needs. These helicopters are widely used in the UAE, the GCC and the Middle East. ADA’s AW139s benefit from the support solutions provided locally by AgustaWestland Aviation Services LLC, an Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA) and Leonardo joint venture delivering thorough support and maintenance services in the region.”

“The company has recently expanded its fleet to cover its contractual obligations inside and outside the U.A.E. and to further its investment in the aviation industry.”

“Abu Dhabi Aviation Services are among the top services provided across the Middle East and the world, especially in the field of operation, maintenance and training.” He added.

With over 140 AW139s ordered in the Middle East, more than 60 of which by customers in UAE, this model has demonstrated extremely successful for a wide range of commercial and government roles across the region and has set new standards for offshore transport duties.

Abu Dhabi Aviation has established, in cooperation with Leonardo, a maintenance center under the name of AgustaWestland Aviation Serices L.L.C. to expand its scope of services and meet the growing needs of the helicopter fleet in the Middle East. Having almost completed the provision of helicopter maintenance, repair and overhauling as well as all relevant logistic services. The joint venture is poised to provide maintenance, repair and overhauling for a wide range of these helicopters’ components.

The Company also plans to provide specialized services to support the full range of the new generation AgustaWestland aircrafts in the region. Since its inception, late 2011 and reaching its full operational capacity in 2013, the company has taken huge steps towards providing an expanding range of full-fledged services and activities with plans to sell helicopter spare parts and accessories and carry out helicopter/ component repairs, overhauling, customization, modification and upgrading. Leonardo and Abu Dhabi Aviation have been able to unify their efforts thanks to the combination of their engineering and maintenance expertise and the local partner’s willingness to invest in the latest technologies.

The Company has already acquired the capabilities to provide support to the latest AgustaWestland aircrafts: AW169 and AW189 to operators in the region. Therefore AgustaWestland Aviation Services is expected to become one of the major support centers of the latest generation of AgustaWestland aircraft.

PRESS RELEASE – Dubai, 12 November 2017

MILESTONE AVIATION AND LEONARDO TO PROVIDE THREE AW169S TO FALCON AVIATION.

Milestone Aviation Group (“Milestone”), a GE Capital Aviation Services company and the global leader in helicopter leasing, and Leonardoannounced today that Falcon Aviation of Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) will expand its AgustaWestland AW169 helicopter fleet with the addition of a further three aircraft.

The light-intermediate twin helicopters will have multi-mission capability with entry into service in first quarter of 2018. The aircraft will be acquired through operating lease, and represent the first helicopter lease transaction for Falcon.

“We are delighted to partner with Falcon Aviation and grow our presence in the Middle East,” said Milestone Vice President Commercial, Michael York. “When Milestone invested in a team in Dubai two years ago it was with the goal of building our support for local operators like Falcon.”

“Falcon Aviation was the global launch customer for the offshore-configured AW169, and subsequently took delivery of a VIP configured AW169” said Leonardo Helicopters’ Chief Business Officer Carlo Gualdaroni. “We are thrilled the unique capabilities of this new generation model have met Falcon’s diverse operating goals and they have chosen to increase their fleet to include 11 Leonardo Helicopters.”

With the addition of three AW169, Falcon Aviation’s fleet will include five AW169, two AW189 helicopters and four additional Grand and GrandNew light-twin helicopters. The AW169 and AW189 models, used by Falcon Aviation, are part of Leonardo’s family of new generation helicopters that also includes the AW139. These helicopters all possess the same high-performance flight characteristics and safety features whilst sharing the same common cockpit concept and design philosophy. This approach facilitates synergies for operators of fleets across the 4 to 9 tonne weight categories in areas such as training, flight operations, maintenance and support.The combination of AW169 and AW189 offshore gives Falcon Aviation and its customer’s unmatched benefits in terms of efficiency, capability and safety.

Falcon Aviation have also recently set a major operational milestone with their first AW169 which has become the global fleet leader in terms of flight hours, out of a total of 40 helicopters of this model in service with customers worldwide to date.

PRESS RELEASE – 24 October 2017

Leonardo: AW139s to support Queensland Government’s helicopter fleet modernization programme.

  • Order signed for two AW139s that will enter service by December 2018
  • The aircraft will add to three AW139s already in service performing EMS/SAR missions
  • Over 1000 AW139s have been ordered by more than 250 customers in nearly 70 countries to date

Rome, 24 October 2017 – Leonardo announced today that the Government of Queensland in Australia has placed an order for two additional AgustaWestland AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopters. The aircrafts are expected to enter into service by December 2018 performing emergency medical services and search and rescue missions over land and sea. The AW139s will replace two older helicopter models as part of a fleet modernization programme and reduce maintenance costs.
With world leading capability, performance, ride quality and cabin space, the AW139 has been chosen for its ability to meet the Queensland Government’s operational requirements. These helicopters will add to three AW139s already in service with the Queensland Government, further strengthening the State’s air rescue capabilities and leveraging efficiencies in support, maintenance and training. The new aircraft will be operated by Queensland Government Air (QGAir), a division of the Queensland Government’s Public Safety Business Agency and will be based in Townsville. The aircraft will also serve across all of North Queensland and will be subject to fleet rotation between North and South when needed, in order to ensure the optimum coverage for the State’s community.
This latest order further reinforces the presence of Leonardo in the Australian market with more than 120 helicopters of various models ordered to date for both commercial, public utility and military roles. In the last few years the AW139 has proven to be the most successful EMS helicopter in Australia with 30 already in service with various customers.

PRESS RELEASE – 16 October 2017

LEONARDO: AW169 HELICOPTER SCORES FIRST CONTRACT SUCCESS IN THE US EMERGENCY SERVICES MARKET.

• The order for three AW169 Emergency Medical Services helicopters was placed by Travis County, Texas for its STAR Flight program
• Travis County’s AW169s will be the first in the US to support patient transport, search and rescue, law enforcement and firefighting missions
• Contract builds on the global success of the AW169 for EMS and public service operations, as total orders exceed 160 of the type for 70 customers in 30 countries around the world

Leonardo announced today at the Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) in Fort Worth, USA that Travis County, Texas has signed a contract for three AgustaWestland AW169s for its STAR Flight program as the county-based EMS provider upgrades its helicopter fleet to more modern and capable aircraft. Travis County will be the launch customer of the EMS-configured AW169 in the United States, with deliveries expected to begin in October 2018. In addition to EMS operations, the AW169 will support Travis County’s search and rescue, law enforcement support and fire suppression efforts in the area surrounding Austin, Texas. The three AW169s will allow STAR Flight to grow its operational capabilities, including the ability to transport patients longer distances and increased capabilities for search and rescue, as well as responsiveness to wildfires. The helicopters will be configured with a multi-purpose interior with specialty EMS equipment and stretchers that can be reconfigured to incorporate search and rescue and firefighting kits. Additionally, Travis County’s AW169swill be equipped with a hoist and a 300-gallon Simplex belly tank. The contract builds on the global success of the AW169, achieved in just a few short years, following adoption by global EMS and public service operations for a diversified set of missions and earlier sales from U.S. VIP/corporate customers. More than 160 agreements for AW169s, including orders and options, have been signed by nearly 70 customers in approximately 30 nations worldwide to date.

PRESS RELEASE – 7 October 2017

SAS to provide AW139 support.

UK based operator and authorised Leonardo service centre – Specialist Aviation Servicesis pleased to announce its plans to extend its Leonardo support capability. SAS has spent five years developing a close working relationship with Leonardo Helicopters and building its technical expertise supporting the entry into service of the AW169 in the UK. It has also invested heavily in a unique and highly effective 24/7 field maintenance and spares support capability, designed to maximise the availability of its demanding market place. With twelve aircraft ordered, six of which are now delivered, SAS is already achieving the very highest levels of service availability which its third party private AW169 customers in and around Europe are also able to tap into. As Nigel Lemon, SAS Sales Director puts it – “We see a real opportunity to expand our support to more types in this area and are looking to take advantage of our strong working relationship with Leonardo and the commonality within the AgustaWestland Family product range”. In addition to the large team of base engineers, SAS field engineers are all licensed on the AW169 and are now undergoing their AW139 training. SAS is also setting up a Service Centre at Redhill. It plans to have the Redhill facility approved for both the AW169 & AW139 and operational before the end of the year.

PRESS RELEASE – 3 October 2017

Milestone Aviation Group Limited (Milestone) announced it has entered an agreement to lease two AW169 helicopters to Alidaunia S.R.L. of Italy, to support their emergency medical services (HEMS) in Italy.

Alidaunia has provided HEMS services in Italy for more than 20 years and Milestone is proud to bring latest technology aircraft to this service. One of the helicopters provided by Milestone is an extension of a current operating lease, and the second AW169 will be delivered from Milestone’s order book with Leonardo Helicopters in 2018. “Milestone is very proud to continue our strong partnership with Alidaunia, a long established and respected helicopter operator and service provider, and the launch customer for our AW169 order book,” said Milestone commercial vice president for Europe, Sebastien Moulin. “We are very pleased to bring new technology aircraft to Alidaunia’s longstanding EMS contract in Italy. We look forward to continuing to work with Alidaunia as they serve this essential function for the Italian people for years to come.” “Alidaunia has built a strong track record in serving several Italian regions and their EMS needs. Our lease partnership with Milestone continues to be a pillar for our company and our mission,” said Robert Pucillo, CEO of Alidaunia S.R.L. “Milestone understands our business as an operator and service provider. Their flexible financial solution and considerable expertise in delivering new aircraft allowed us to pursue the introduction of a new type into our fleet while minimizing our financial and operational risk.”

PRESS RELEASE – 3 October 2017

AW169 OBTAINS FIRST DANISH ORDER AND ENTERS UK’S WIND FARM SUPPORT MARKET.

  • Uni-Fly A/S of Denmark has ordered two AW169s
  • The aircraft will enter the UK’s wind farm support market in 1Q2018
  • Orders for over 160 AW169s from customers worldwide with more than 40 in service​

Leonardo announced today the signing of a contract with Uni-Fly A/S of Denmark for two AgustaWestland AW169 light intermediate twin engine helicopters. The aircraft will enter service in the first quarter of 2018 to perform wind farm support operations for DONG Energy at Hornsea Project One, in the North Sea, 120km offshore from Humberside, UK.

The order marks the first contract for the AW169 model in Denmark as well as the first AW169s to be used to support wind farm duties in UK, following successful operations carried out in the North Sea for other customers in Europe. These helicopters will feature a specially customised configuration including a dedicated offshore interior and rescue hoist to support maintenance personnel working on the wind turbines. Uni-Fly A/S and DONG Energy will perform a quantum leap forward in capabilities due to the high performance and the latest generation technology and safety standards of the AW169 – making it the most advanced helicopter in its weight category today. In Europe theAW169 has already proven successful in other key markets including emergency medical service, corporate transport, harbor pilot shuttle and law enforcement.

PRESS RELEASE – 3 October 2017

Safran unveils Aneto – its new range of engines for the super-medium and heavy helicopter market.

3 October 2017, Helitech International, London. Safran Helicopter Engines is unveiling its brand-new Aneto high power engine family at Helitech International, in London.

Designed for new super-medium and heavy helicopter market, it incorporates ground-breaking technologies, developed as part of the Safran Helicopter Engines R&D roadmap. Aneto family will feature several models covering 2500 to over 3000 shp power range. Bruno Even, Safran Helicopter Engines President said, “Launching the Aneto engine family here in Helitech marks a major milestone for Safran Helicopter Engines. It is the result of a long and sustained strategy of technology acquisition and maturation. Today we are in position to bring to the market a new generation and competitive engine solution for the super-medium and heavy helicopter market, ready to enter service in the fourth quarter of 2018. We are convinced that Aneto will offer a new level of performance coupled with reduced operating costs”. First application First 2,500 shp model, named Aneto-1K, has been selected by Leonardo to power its twin-engine AW189K. First flight of the Aneto-1K fitted to this helicopter has taken place on March 2017 and entry into service is scheduled for fourth quarter of 2018. Aneto-1K EASA certification will meet that timetable. Gian Piero Cutillo, Managing Director Leonardo Helicopters, said “We are pleased that the AW189K will be the first helicopter to feature an Aneto engine. This new turboshaft engine will offer our customers a high level of performance and further extend the capabilities and versatility of our super medium platform, particularly in hot & high conditions. Operators will also benefit from Safran’s longstanding experience in the helicopter market as well as from its strong worldwide support network.”

A new-design range
Aneto engine family bring significant benefits: Thanks to an exceptional power-to-volume ratio, it offers 25 % greater power (when compared to existing engines of same volume), contributing to increased mission capabilities especially during demanding missions requiring more power like offshore, search and rescue, fire-fighting or military transport, as well as better performance in “hot and high” conditions. The Tech 3000 technological demonstrator is a key building block of the Aneto family. It enables Safran Helicopter Engines to validate designs and technologies capable of delivering up to 15 % better fuel economy over today’s high power engine models. These new technologies will be gradually incorporated in the Aneto models, depending on the power requirements and entry-into-service timeframe, resulting in improved range and payload and reduced environmental footprint. Aneto features higher reliability and safety. Its maintainability has been optimized with fewer scheduled maintenance tasks and longer maintenance intervals, and this new range will have connected features like health monitoring (predictive maintenance) and will be fully compatible with BOOST, our new online engine maintenance management service. Designed for next generation rotorcraft, Aneto is also a perfect drop-in engine solution for existing model.

A Pyrenean name
Safran Helicopter Engines has a long-tradition of naming its engines after features in the Pyrenees mountains, which overlook its Bordes headquarters. Arriel is a famous peak near the French-Spanish border, Arrius is the name of a high-altitude lake, and Makila refers to a traditional Basque walking stick. We chose the name Arrano for our new 1100-1300 shp engine, after a majestic black eagle featured in Basque folklore. For its new high power engine range, Safran Helicopter Engines have chosen the name Aneto. It is the name of the highest mountain in the Pyrenees, reaching a height of 3,404 meters. This name reflects Safran Helicopter Engines commitment to push the limits higher both in terms of technical and in service performance. It also symbolizes new levels of power and performance we are now able to reach.

PRESS RELEASE – 3 October 2017

Leonardo introduces the AW189K helicopter at Helitech 2017.

  • The AW189K will feature new generation Aneto-1K engines by Safran Helicopter Engines.
  • The addition of this engine option will further extend the capability and versatility
    footprint of the AW189, the most successful super medium category helicopter in the
    market.
  • EASA Certification is expected in the fourth quarter of 2018.

London, 3 October 2017 – Leonardo announced today a further step to expand the range of capabilities available to the market with the introduction of the AgustaWestland AW189K helicopter. Under this designation, the successful super medium category type will feature the new generation 2,500 shp class Aneto-1K engine, unveiled by Safran Helicopter Engines at Helitech in London today. The AW189K is the first helicopter to be powered by a model in this family of new generation engines developed by Safran Helicopter Engines, and offers a further option in the super medium category.
Gian Piero Cutillo, MD Leonardo Helicopters, said “We are pleased that the AW189K will be the first helicopter to feature an Aneto engine. This new turboshaft engine will offer our customers a high level of performance and further extend the capabilities and versatility of our super medium platform, particularly in hot & high conditions. Operators will also benefit from Safran’s longstanding experience in the helicopter market as well as from its strong worldwide support network.”
Bruno Even, Safran Helicopter Engines’ President said, “We’re delighted to be working with Leonardo on the AW189K programme, building on our long history of cooperation. With the Aneto engine family we are today bringing to the market a new generation and competitive engine solution for the super medium and heavy helicopter market, offering a new level of performance coupled with reduced operating costs. We’re convinced the AW189K, powered by the Aneto, will prove to be very attractive to many operators due to its outstanding capabilities‘” A dedicated AW189K prototype performed its maiden flight at Leonardo’s Cascina Costa plant in Italy on 9 March 2017 and has so far demonstrated excellent performance in a wide range of conditions. Early assessments show very good performance capabilities in demanding weight, altitude and temperature (WAT) conditions, and excellent Performance Class 1 capabilities also from offshore are also expected. The flight test programme continues to validate aircraft performance estimates in high and low temperature conditions and at high altitudes. EASA type certification is expected in the fourth quarter of 2018.
The AW189K’s increased performance capabilities in hot and high conditions makes it ideal for various customer requirements across a range of geographies and allows to better leverage the versatility of the super medium platform, not just for long range offshore transport or SAR but also for VIP transport, firefighting and various parapublic duties. With the AW189 and AW189K Leonardo is offering the market the most capable and versatile super medium aircraft. The AW189 8.3/8.6 tonne commercial helicopter has already proven the most successful model in this category with agreements for over 150 units, including orders and optionsMore than 30 AW189s are in service worldwide and over 25,000 flight hours logged to date.