Italy’s Leonardo Helicopters has signed a distributorship agreement with Absolute Aviation Group covering the civil and commercial market in South Africa.
The Agreement, announced on 22 October, which has the potential to be extended to other southern African nations in the future, includes the AW119Kx single engine, the AW109 GrandNew and AW109 Trekker light twins, the AW169 light intermediate and the AW139 intermediate twin types.
Absolute Aviation Group has also signed a contract for an AW119Kx and an AW109 Trekker, with a commitment to purchase further units in the next couple of years, Leonardo said. Deliveries of the two aircraft are expected in 2020. The order marks the entrance of the AW109 Trekker, the newest light twin model in the Leonardo product range, into the South African market.
A ten-day demo tour of an AW119Kx was recently completed at airports in four different regions in South Africa, with nearly 50 operators exposed to the type.
Leonardo helicopters’ success in South Africa is further strengthened by the recent contract for an AW139 helicopter in VIP configuration by a private operator, the company said. Over 60 helicopters of various models fly in the country today for both civil and government roles including VIP/corporate transport, emergency medical service, oil and gas, harbour pilot shuttle transportation, utility and naval tasks.