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Leonardo's AW09 Achieves Global Market Success, Expands into Europe

Issue 21 - 2023
Leonardo's AW09 Achieves Global Market Success, Expands into Europe

The number of global partners for the AW09 next-generation single-engine helicopter in the world market grows further with the announcement at European Rotors (Madrid, 28-30 November) of the addition of Léman Aviation, who has signed Preliminary Sales Contracts for ten units.

Léman Aviation offers tailored solutions for customers looking for personal and professional management of their private helicopter needs: sales and acquisitions, co-ownership program, helicopter operations and charter management, maintenance, and training. Headquartered in Switzerland and France with a strong presence in Monaco and the French Riviera, Léman Aviation delivers world-class helicopter services at the industry's highest standards.

Léman Aviation joins the consensus around the AW09 programme and market potential as established European distributors of Leonardo helicopters are discussing extending their collaboration and distributorship mandates to include the AW09 in the continent. With this latest achievement, the AW09 world market success extends to Europe following announcements of partnerships and distribution agreements already made in North and Latin America, Africa and Asia in 2023, some leading to end-user orders. The total number of Preliminary Sales Contracts would reach 80 units globally by year-end.

"The AW09 continues to generate a very positive response from all geographies worldwide as the programme development progresses," said Gian Piero Cutillo, Managing Director of Leonardo Helicopters. "Rotorcraft companies highly welcome the AW09 for its outstanding characteristics and multirole capabilities that represent a significant evolution compared to existing products in this category. The additional preliminary sales contracts signed now in Europe provide clear evidence of it."

“We are thrilled to partner with Leonardo on the AW09 programme. This milestone allows Leman Aviation to strengthen its helicopter service portfolio ranging from charter flights, fractional ownership and asset management to aircraft transactions," said Vincent Pollet and Nicolas Miras, co-founders of Leman Aviation. "The launch of the AW09 programme in France comes with tremendous interest from the market, and we look forward to addressing it with this state-of-the-art single-engine helicopter.”

The AW09 perfectly complements Leonardo’s product range in the Long Light Single-segment, introducing an all-new design aircraft to sustain long-term competitive positioning in this weight category. A full-scale mock-up of the final configuration is on display at the Leonardo booth at European Rotors, attracting lots of interest within the rotorcraft community thanks to its distinguished features in cabin space and ergonomics, external footprint, and latest-generation avionics and technology.


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