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Leonardo to Grow in Brazil after Getting New Orders at LABACE 2022

by Mia Yao

Leonardo to Grow in Brazil after Getting New Orders at LABACE 2022

Leonardo’s leadership in the world’s VIP/corporate multiengine helicopter market continues to grow with new orders announced at LABACE in São Paolo, including two AW169 light intermediate twins and one AW109 Trekker light twin engine helicopter.

The helicopters will feature highly customized configurations and interiors and will benefit from the advanced and comprehensive support solutions which will be delivered by the new Service and Logistics Centre in Itapevi.

These latest orders for the AW169 bring the number of aircraft of this latest generation type purchased by VIP operators in Brazil to 14, confirming the growing success of the AW169 in this market since its certification in 2015.

The only latest generation helicopter in its category in over 30 years, the AW169 features a range of innovations, uniquely combining light twin economics and greater payload, range and larger volume.  The AW109 Trekker builds on the outstanding success of the legacy AW109 light twin, the benchmark in this category in Brazil.

With a 45% share over the last ten years, Leonardo is the world leader in the twin-engine VIP/corporate helicopter market including private, charter and VVIP/Government transport services. More than 900 the helicopters are flying today globally, and approximately 25% of them are based in Latin America.

Based on the company’s long-established and distinctive design, technology and service philosophy and values in the executive transport sphere, Leonardo recently launched the Agusta brand to embody its unique experience and excellence for future VIP market initiatives. LABACE also marks the first regional aviation exhibition where the new Agusta brand is introduced combined with a range of new VIP-related services.

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