Leonardo turns helicopter focus to Southeast Asia

Leonardo is looking to further strengthen its commercial helicopter presence in Southeast Asia.

The Italian company has long enjoyed a strong market presence in the region thanks to the popularity of its AW139 twin-engine medium and the AW109 twin-engine light helicopter, but now the company is seeing growing interest in both its AW169 intermediate twin and the AW189 super-medium.

The AW189 has already seen particular success in Malaysia, where the company’s AW139 and AW189 are being used to support oil and gas operations, while Malaysia’s Bomba emergency service agency has a pair of AW189s to support firefighting and search and rescue tasks. Oil and gas support AW189s are also in service in Vietnam and have recently started operating with CHC for its Karratha operation in Australia.

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