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ANSA News – 22 Febbraio 2018.

ANSA News – Elisoccorso in Sardegna dall’1 luglio. Servizio per 8 anni a Airgreen, tre velivoli e tre basi.

(ANSA) – CAGLIARI, 22 FEB – Anche la Sardegna avrà l’elisoccorso. Il servizio – presente in quasi tutte le altre regioni d’Italia – sarà operativo a partire dall’1 luglio prossimo e sarà gestito da un delle principali società elicotteristiche del paese, la Airgreen, già impiegata in attività di Hems in Piemonte e Valle d’Aosta. Airgreen si è aggiudicata la gara offrendo il 12,4% in meno rispetto alla base d’asta di 73,1 milioni, quindi 58,5 milioni al netto di Iva, ovvero 7,3 milioni all’anno per otto anni.

Il servizio sarà effettuato da tre elicotteri su tre basi individuate nei tre aeroporti sardi: Cagliari Elmas (Airbus H12), Alghero Fertilia (Airbus H12), Olbia Costa Smeralda (Leonardo H24). L’equipaggio sarà costituito da cinque persone: due piloti, un medico, un infermiere e l’addetto al verricello che sarà un tecnico del Soccorso alpino.

“Con il ribasso d’asta avremo il più basso prezzo di volo in Italia”, spiega il direttore generale dell’Azienda per la Tutela della Salute (Ats), Fulvio Moirano. Al direttore generale di Areus, l’Azienda di emergenza urgenza, Giorgio Lenzotti, spetterà il compito di avviare il servizio, che “cambierà il modo di fare soccorso in Sardegna”. “Questo è il terzo tassello della riforma sanitaria dopo la Asl Unica e la rete ospedaliera”, sottolinea l’assessore alla Sanità Luigi Arru.

“Finalmente – dice il governatore Francesco Pigliaru – entreremo in un sistema di sanità ragionevole, dove chiunque potrà essere portato all’eccellenza con pari diritti”.


Link del post originale di ANSA: http://www.ansa.it/sardegna/notizie/2018/02/22/elisoccorso-in-sardegna-dall1-luglio_41c49628-a7a6-494b-937f-98ffc89d12aa.html

PRESS RELEASE – 15 February 2018


The Isles of Scilly Steamship Group has announced the start of a new helicopter service from Land’s End Airport to the Isles of Scilly from May this year.

Called Island Helicopters it will operate year-round up to six days a week from Land’s End Airport, with up to eight return flights a day. Fares start from £215 for a return. The flight time will be approximately 15 minutes.

Tickets will go on sale in April and passengers can register their interest now at www.islesofscilly-travel.co.uk/islesofscillyhelicopter or by calling the Isles of Scilly Travel Centre on 01736 334240.

Island Helicopters will be operated by Gloucester-based Specialist Aviation Services (SAS) in partnership with the Steamship Group using a brand new 10-seater AW169 aircraft. SAS is no stranger to Cornwall.

Passengers can park at Land’s End Airport or a new park and ride service will chauffer them from Penzance train station or their accommodation to and from Land’s End Airport in just 15 minutes.

Island Helicopters will complement and integrate with the existing Skybus fixed wing flights from Land’s End, Newquay and Exeter Airports, and the seasonal Scillonian III ferry which sails from Penzance. Together they carried 214,000 passengers last year.

Andrew May, chairman of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Island Helicopters to Land’s End Airport and look forward to sharing our modern facilities, which already handle more than 60,000 passengers a year. We know there is demand from thousands of people who have really missed the helicopter since it stopped in 2012.

“We’ve listened to that demand, investigated what we believe can work, and have partnered with SAS to make it happen. This gives visitors and islanders more choice over how they travel and makes the transport network more resilient, which is exactly what our customers say they want.”

Andrew added: “We plan to fly to St Mary’s Airport and Tresco, subject to agreement with both. We know how important a direct high quality helicopter link is to Tresco’s customers and we are renewing our offer to Tresco to work with us to make the service a success for all of the islands.”

Henk Schaeken, managing director of SAS, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the Steamship Group to provide the aircraft and crews for these new helicopter flights from Land’s End Airport. The AW169 is a state-of-the-art helicopter and we’ll be providing a brand new aircraft straight off the production line, offering passengers a speedy and comfortable service. We look forward to expanding our operations in Cornwall.”

The announcement has been welcomed by business leaders in Cornwall. Kim Conchie, chief executive of the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: “The visitor economy is crucial to the Isles of Scilly and any sustainable development that strengthens transport links has got to be welcomed. This new service will offer more choice year-round, and that’s great news.”

And business leader Chris Pomfret, former chairman of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said: “When the previous helicopter service to Scilly ceased for financial reasons, I was Chair of the LEP and know only too well what a blow that was. I am therefore delighted for those who love the islands – whether residents, visitors or local businesses – that a new service is being put in place using a latest generation helicopter. I am sure this will be welcomed by everyone involved with the Islands and hope it proves a commercial success.”

Land’s End Airport handles over 60,000 passengers and more than 10,000 aircraft movements a year, and is just over a mile from the A30 and only seven miles from Penzance.

In recent years the Steamship Group has completely upgraded Land’s End Airport to include a new £1 million terminal building, extra car parking and a £2.6m project to replace the main grass runways with asphalt, which was part-funded by the European Union.

The company has recently completed a £260,000 investment in equipping all eight of its Skybus aircraft with a new GPS-based landing system to improve resilience and reliability.

The Isles of Scilly Steamship Group was founded by islanders almost 100 years ago to provide lifeline passenger and freight services to the Isles of Scilly.

The £17-million turnover business employs 228 staff and returns more than £1.1 million a year to local communities through subsidised travel, freight, sponsorships and grants.

PRESS RELEASE – 7 February 2018

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.

PRESS RELEASE – 7 February 2018

Leonardo cresce in Indonesia con nuovi ordini e consegne nel settore degli elicotteri.

  • Ordinati due AW169 destinati al trasporto aziendale.
  • Leonardo amplierà ulteriormente la presenza nel Paese grazie alle prossime consegne di elicotteri per missioni offshore, antincendio e di elisoccorso.
  • La flotta di elicotteri di Leonardo in Indonesia è raddoppiata negli ultimi 3 anni.

Singapore, 7 febbraio 2018 – L’Indonesia si conferma un mercato in forte crescita per Leonardo grazie ad un nuovo ordine nel Paese per due elicotteri intermedi leggeri AW169 destinati al trasporto aziendale.

Gli elicotteri, i primi di questo modello ordinati in Indonesia, saranno consegnati entro la fine del 2018. Con le imminenti consegne di un ulteriore AW139, che sarà gestito dalla compagnia aerea Travira per operazioni offshore, e di due AW119Kx per attività antincendio e di elisoccorso all’operatore NUH, Leonardo espande ulteriormente la sua presenza in ambito elicotteristico nel Paese con una crescita della flotta del 100% negli ultimi 3 anni.

I nuovi ordini e le consegne si aggiungono a vari modelli impiegati per numerosi ruoli, confermando la flessibilità della gamma di prodotti di Leonardo nel settore. Tra questi, l’elicottero intermedio AW139, gestito dall’agenzia governativa BASARNAS per missioni di ricerca e soccorso, altri AW139 per attività offshore e un mix di elicotteri monomotore e bimotore leggeri impiegati per il trasporto di passeggeri. Leonardo è, inoltre, presente nel Paese nell’ambito di diversi programmi governativi e militari, nei sistemi di difesa forniti alla Marina indonesiana e nel settore dell’osservazione satellitare.

PRESS RELEASE – 6 February 2018.

ABC chooses AW169 for electronic newsgathering in Japan.

Leonardo and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace, the official distributor in Japan for the AW169 and AW139 helicopter models, announced on Feb. 6 the signing of a contract with Asahi Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) for one AW169 light intermediate helicopter. The helicopter with special configuration will enter service in 2021 adding to one AW169 sold to Asahi Shimbun newspaper.

The aircraft, replacing an older model, will be used to perform electronic newsgathering (ENG) operations, with entry into service expected in 2021 following local mission equipment installation and customization. The aircraft will feature an ultra-HD gyrostabilized camera, microwave downlink for live broadcasting and a comprehensive TV mission console. The order marks the fourth AW169 sale in Japan, the second for ENG tasks following contract from Asahi Shimbun newspaper testifying customer’s satisfaction with the type. The AW169 is perfectly suited to perform electronic newsgathering operations thanks to high performance, cabin space, latest safety standards and versatility. Leonardo has experienced a growing presence in the Japanese ENG market in recent years with the contracts for 10 aircraft including seven AW139s (NHK, Kansai TV, Nippon TV, Chukyo TV), two AW169s and one GrandNew (Asahi Shimbun and ABC).

Nearly 120 Leonardo helicopters of various models are in service in Japan today, performing a range of missions including EMS, SAR, law enforcement, firefighting, disaster relief, VIP/corporate transport, electronic newsgathering and naval operations. A versatile, new-generation, twin-engine light intermediate category helicopter, the 4.6/4.8 tonne AW169 has been designed in response to the growing market demand for an aircraft that delivers high performance, meets all the latest safety standards and has multi-role capabilities. Orders for more than 170 AW169 helicopters have been signed by over 70 customers in nearly 30 countries around the world to date for a wide range of applications including air ambulance, law enforcement, executive/corporate transport and electronic newsgathering. Almost 50 units have already been delivered globally.

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.

Close-up view of the tail fin of the Leonardo Helicopters AW169 I-LHCA “Horus 4” operated from Babcock Mission Critical Services Italia on behalf of AREU Regione Lombardia – Elisoccorso Milano …  at Bresso (MI), November 2017.