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Leonardo Announces Two Additional AW139 Helicopters Into UK VIP Passenger Transport Market


October 4, 2017 – Today, Leonardo Helicopters announced the sale an additional two AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopters to customers in the UK for Corporate/VIP passenger transport. This strengthens Leonardo Helicopters in the twin-engine market segment in this region, where Leonardo already owns a staggering 50% share of the multi-engine market with over 30 AW139’s currently operating in the UK.

One of the new aircraft will be managed and operated by Fairoaks Airport-based Starspeed which is a subsidiary of Luxavation Helicopters, the world’s largest operator of VIP and VVIP helicopters. Starspeed, who already operates the AW169, part of the unique AW Family of helicopters the includes the AW139 and the AW189.

The second aircraft will be utilized by an undisclosed UK-based customer for corporate transport. Both aircraft have a slated delivery date in the first-half of 2018.

Gary Butcher, Commercial Director, Starspeed says: “We are delighted to be adding the first AW139 to Starspeed’s existing fleet of 24 helicopters. Our client specifically selected the AW139 for its performance, ride quality and, importantly, its cabin space that is unsurpassed in helicopters within this category. We are looking forward to the delivery of this bespoke aircraft to our managed UK-based charter fleet in early 2018.” 

Charlotte Pedersen, Chief Executive Officer, Luxaviation Helicopters, says: “This AW139 will be a great addition to our global fleet of more than 270 fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters. Starspeed supports our offering to clients of a truly integrated portfolio of helicopter and jet aviation services from the Luxaviation Group. The continued growth of our fleet allows us to offer our customers the most efficient and safe flights alongside exclusive VIP charter services.” 

The AW139 is noted for its performance among other intermediate twin-engine helicopters in terms of performance, has a cruise speed of 165 knots, and is known for its safety and comfort. The AW 139 also boasts the largest unobstructed cabin in its class, which complements it’s VIP and VVIP configurations nicely.

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