Over 400 Leonardo helicopters are in service in Latin America for civil and military task
Leonardo Helicopters announced on March 30th, 2018 that the company has sold an AW119KX in VIP configuration and an AW109 Trekker to an unnamed customer that will be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2018 and the first quarter of 2019. These helicopters will add to a fleet of more than 20 aircraft currently in service.
The deliveries will mark the entry of the new AW109 Trekker light twin, in a utility configuration, into the Chilean market in first quarter 2019, as well as an AW119Kx single engine for VIP transport in fourth quarter 2018. The AW109 Trekker maintains the AW109 Grand airframe, large cabin and top class performance while offering greater payload at a competitive cost, thus proving perfectly suited to meet the stringent requirements of Chilean operators in terms of capabilities, cost/effectiveness and environment, particularly in high altitude conditions.
Leonardo helicopters has several helicopter models in service in Chile that include the AW119, AW109, AW139 and W-3A Sokol models performing missions including VIP transport, firefighting, law enforcement and utility tasks. Approximately four hundred military and civil helicopters are operated in the Latin American region, Leonardo helicopters operate in a range of applications including naval roles, law enforcement, homeland security, EMS/SAR, firefighting and disaster relief, utility, VVIP-VIP/corporate and offshore transport in th region.
The AW109 Trekker and AW119Kx
The recently EASA certified AW109 Trekker is the latest helicopter to be developed by Leonardo and is the company’s first light twin to offer skid landing gear. The helicopter features modular avionics and is touted to be easily configured for a wide range of roles as a solution for EMS, utility, SAR, law enforcement, surveillance and passenger transport applications. Orders for almost 60 AW109 Trekkers have been logged so far by customers in Europe, North and Latin America, Asia to perform roles like emergency medical service, law enforcement and utility missions according to Leonardo.
The six passenger AW119Kx is also aimed at the EMS, utility, fire-fighting, law enforcement, VIP/Corporate transport, military training and public service sectors and has nearly 300 ordered to date by over 120 customers in 40 countries.
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