LEONARDO HELICOPTERS announced on November 5, 2018, that it has taken orders for 15 AW139 helicopters configured for the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) role from Sino-US Intercontinental Helicopter Investment of China. Sino-US is the exclusive distributor of Leonardo helicopters in China.
The helicopters will be delivered to Kingwing General Aviation between 2019 and 2021.
The agreement with Sino-US is in addition to 34 AW119Kx Koala, 25 AW109 Trekker and 24 AW139 helicopters delivered in recent years and takes total sales of Leonardo helicopters in China to more than 185 cabs.
The EMS order was signed at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai, along with the signing of a heads of agreement covering a purchase and delivery plan for a further 160 helicopters of various types between 2019 and 2023, the establishment of a Leonardo Authorised Training Academy and a Completion and Customisation Centre. Leonardo Helicopters’ AW139 is a intermediate 7-tonne twin-engine helicopter powered by two Pratt & hitney Canada PT6C- 67C engines. Nigel Pittaway