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Leonardo said today a Japanese private operator has signed a contract for a Leonardo AW139 in the VIP configuration, making it the first Leonardo VIP helicopter in Japan. Delivery is expected later this year.
The manufacturer also said it has delivered four additional AW139s for firefighting and disaster relief to the Tokyo and Sapporo Fire departments and to the Mix and Tochigi Prefecture Disaster Relief departments, respectively.
There are now ore than 50 AW139s operating in Japan in firefighting, disaster relief, search and rescue, law enforcement and electronic news gathering (in addition to the VIP customer).