Leonardo and Sloane Helicopters renew their distribution agreement for the future fleet


Leonardo’s continued success in the UK and Ireland helicopter market is growing as its regional distributor, Sloane, confirmed the renewal of its 2022-2024 distribution agreement with the company at the Farnborough International Airshow July 19.

The agreement covers the AW109 GrandNew, AW109 Trekker and AW169 types, and provides for a minimum of seven new helicopters to be purchased over the period 2022-2024. As part of this new distribution agreement, an AW109 GrandNew has been signed.

The new contract brings the total number of helicopter orders from Sloane Helicopters this year to seven, all scheduled for delivery by 2023, clearly demonstrating the strong UK market demand for the class-leading light-twin type.

David George, President of Sloane Helicopters, said: “We are delighted to continue and further develop our close partnership with Leonardo. Agusta’s new branding focuses on an enhanced VIP customer experience. Combined with state-of-the-art helicopter performance and safety features, as well as excellent support services, Agusta helicopters are the undisputed leader in the VIP/corporate sector.

Nearly 260 AW109 GrandNew light twins have been ordered out of 1,700 AW109 series units, confirming that the AW109 is the most popular aircraft in its class thanks to its unrivaled performance, cabin space and technology.

The distribution agreement has provided customers with continued benefits by significantly reducing delivery times and providing customers with product expertise and a full range of support packages, which also helps Leonardo maintain its leadership position in the executive/private transport market in the UK and Ireland, among other applications. This was further reinforced after the launch of the new Agusta VIP brand at the end of 2021.

The long-term success between Sloane Helicopters and Leonardo was established in 1995 when Sloane became the sole distributor of the VIP/corporate Leonardo helicopter in the UK and Ireland. As part of this collaboration, more than 100 Leonardo commercial helicopters have been delivered to operators and private users in the UK and Ireland.

Sloane Helicopters is also an authorized service centre, providing maintenance and support services for the majority of GrandNew helicopters and all VIP AW169 helicopters in the region. Additionally, Sloane Helicopters is a type rating training center for Leonardo helicopters in the UK.

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