"Ebace 2018". AW-169 helicopter enters Swiss VIP transport market with first order
Mountain Flyers will operate an aircraft for heli-taxi services from Bern Airport
Leonardo announced yesterday that Mountain Flyers of Switzerland will operate an AW-169 light intermediate twin engine helicopter, marking the entry of the new generation type into the Swiss VIP market. The announcement was made during an official ceremony held at "EBACE 2018" in Geneva.
This specially-configured aircraft, featuring an exclusive 7 seat VIP transport layout, will be used for heli-taxi services from Bern Airport. With this AW-169, Mountain Flyers will be able to serve several routes across Switzerland and Europe with even greater capacity and range following earlier operations carried out with their AWGrandNew helicopter, which had established Bern Airport’s first twin engine helicopter VIP transport service.
This latest order brings the number of VIP helicopters of Leonardo in Switzerland to over 20 and contributes to maintaining the company’s reference position in the global VIP market with a 50 percent share in the multiengine segment.
"A versatile, new generation twin engine light intermediate category aircraft, the 4.8 tonne AW-169 has been designed in response to the growing market demand for an aircraft that delivers high performance, meets all the latest safety standards and has multi-role capabilities.
Orders for more than 180 units have been ordered by over 70 customers in nearly 30 countries around the world to date for a wide range of applications (executive/corporate transport, air ambulance, law enforcement, off-shore transport, electronic newsgathering). More than 50 units have been already delivered globally", according to a note issued by the industry.
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