Leonardo has confirmed it sold ‘almost’ 40 helicopters during Heli-Expo 2023, including orders from the Middle East and India.
The helicopters, of various types, were sold to several operators primarily for energy support, rescue and public service duties, and VIP transport operations.
Leonardo said in a statement: “All of these orders add to preliminary sales contracts, already announced at Heli-Expo, for more than 50 AW09 next generation single engine helicopters for customers worldwide. In addition to THC’s decision to confirm intent to further expand the presence of their AW139 fleet in Saudi Arabia for SAR, EMS and corporate transport adding six helicopters plus 20 options within the next 18 months.
“Nearly 25 aircraft will carry out offshore transport missions with various operators supporting the energy industry across geographies. The AW139 global fleet grew with new orders across the Middle East – as well as Brazil, Thailand, Indonesia and Germany.”
Among operators in the Middle East placing orders for Leonardo offshore-configured helicopters was Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA). It has expanded its AW139 offshore fleet with an order for six more helicopters with deliveries expected in the 2024-2026 timeframe.
There was also a new order for one AW139 by Abu Dhabi Police in UAE.
India’s Global Vectra Helicorp placed an order for two AW169s to support transport operations in the energy industry sector. The delivery of the aircraft is expected to be completed this year, joining a fleet of AW139s.