03.04.2017 – 12:04 pm
Leonardo has opened a new service centre and logistics facility at Essendon Airport to serve the company’s growing fleet of AgustaWestland helicopters in Australasia.
The brand new facility can hangar up to eight AW139s and has been designed to improve the company’s capability to support its expanding customer base in the region and increase the availability of spare parts.
Leonardo Company, General Manager Phillip Smith explains why Essendon Airport was the logical choice to base his business and his thoughts on the new hangars.
"Leonardo Helicopters chose Essendon Fields for its proximity to our local customers and the transport hubs which are essential for supporting our regional customers. The site offers the convenience of a capital city airport without the congestion and overheads. Essendon Fields has delivered a new, state-of-the-art maintenance and logistics facility for Leonardo Helicopters which provides us with a base to continue our business expansion and deliver increased levels of support to our customers."
Leonardo has seen significant growth in the number of its AW139s operating in Australia with the delivery of more than 24 new machines in the past two years. A number of new 139s now operating in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland have strengthened Leonardo’s Australian helicopter fleet of AW119, AW109, AW139 and AW169 types to more than 70.