Leonardo will be delivering the first AW169 in the Philippines and another AW139 for VIP or corporate transport in the next few months.
The company is expanding its presence in the Philippines following its recent delivery of AgustaWestland AW119Kx and a GrandNew to corporate clients,
Both the AW169 and AW139 will be used for VIP/corporate transport, the company announced Thursday.
The AW169 is a new generation eight-10 seat light intermediate twin-turbine helicopter, featuring class-leading performance and latest safety standards in its category, according to the company.
On the other hand, the AW139 provides Category A performance capabilities with no limitations in a wide range of operating conditions.
The company signed a contract with the Philippine Air Force in 2013 for eight AW109 Power light twin-engine helicopters to be used for homeland security, armed reconnaissance, and close support, of which deliveries started in 2014.
Leonardo’s range of commercial helicopters in the Philippines is supported by Royal Star Aviation, Incorporated.
Royal Star Aviation is an independent business which entered the commercial aircraft (helicopter and fixed wing) charter market. It provides passenger service, aerial photography, movie coverage, sling operations, geographical surveys, offshore passenger service, emergency rescue, and aircraft maintenance.