Leonardo Helicopters has renewed its distribution agreement with Sloane Helicopters to act as distributor of the AW109 and AW169 in the U.K. and Ireland through 2021, an arrangement that could result in the sale of eight new helicopters.
Leonardo is the largest producer of corporate helicopters flying in the U.K. The agreement renewal covers the AW109 GrandNew, AW109 Trekker and AW169 types from 2019 to 2021.
Under the 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, according to Leonardo.
Representatives of Leonardo and Sloane sign orders for two helicopters at EBACE. (Leonardo photo)
“We are delighted and honored to continue our close partnership with Leonardo Helicopters,” Sloane said in a prepared statement. “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 success of earlier variants of the AW109 and the AW109 GrandNew in the U.K. and surrounding region, three new AW109 Trekker have been sold there to date.
The AW109 GrandNew and the AW109 Trekker share the same engines, dynamics, cabin, performance and maximum cruise speed in the light twin class. They feature different digital core avionics and have retractable landing gear/skids, respectively. “Each provides customers with one more option depending on their specific operational requirements,” Leonardo said.
Combined orders for over 450 Grand/GrandNew and Trekker helicopters have been placed by customers worldwide to date.