AW609 breaks into US commercial market

ON THE opening day of Heli-Expo 2018, Leonardo and Era Group announced an initial order for two tilt-rotor AW609 aircraft, for delivery in 2020. The contract will launch the AW609 in the US commercial market.

The two aircraft will be delivered in a utility configuration capable of seating up to nine passengers and will be used for a range of duties, including offshore and utility operations, EMS, VIP and SAR missions in the United States.

Chris Bradshaw, Chief Executive Officer of Era Group, said: “As we celebrate our 70th year in service, we continue to scan the horizon for the technology in aviation that will allow us to continue to serve our customers and communities in an ever-changing world. We see the AW609 as part of our future and look forward to building upon the collaboration with Leonardo as Era prepares to launch commercial tiltrotor operations across the diverse missions we operate.”

In other news, Leonardo recorded combined orders for 17 helicopters from across its range at Heli-Expo 2018, worth almost €140 million.

The orders included commitments for AW119Kx, A109 GrandNew, AW109 Trekker, AW139, AW169 and AW189 models, with deliveries to be undertaken through to 2019. The contracts follow earlier announcements by Leonardo for 26 helicopters with Sino-US of China, across the AW119Kx, AW109 Trekker and AW139 models.