Leonardo, August 16, 2019 - Philadelphia, – Leonardo announces the delivery of one AW119Kx VIP helicopter with a 24,000 ft altitude kit to an undisclosed private customer in Chile.
The unique altitude kit provides outstanding performance in the region’s tall Andes mountain peaks. This latest handover adds to over 20 helicopters already in service in the country including the AW119, AW109, AW139 and W-3A Sokol models performing VIP transport, firefighting, law enforcement and utility tasks.
The AW119Kx single engine helicopter is the most powerful and spacious in its class, thanks to a strong and reliable Pratt & Whitney PT6B engine and generous cabin size. With a fully customizable interior, it seats up to six passengers and includes a large separate area for luggage. It features a state-of-the-art Garmin G1000H™ glass cockpit for superior situational awareness and reduced pilot workload. Redundancy of all main systems provides similar safety and assurances of other leading light twin engine helicopters.
The AW119Kx is a best in class single engine helicopter featuring a state-of-the-art avionics for enhanced situational awareness, mission effectiveness and safety. The AW119Kx has a large cabin able to host up to six passengers and redundancy of all critical systems, typically available of twin engine aircraft, ensuring outstanding safety.
Over 320 AW119 helicopters have been ordered to date in 40 countries by 130 customers. The new AW119Kx is perfectly suited to perform many roles including EMS, utility, fire-fighting, law enforcement, VIP/corporate transport, training and government duties.
Leonardo recently received IFR certification from the FAA for its TH-119 helicopter, a variant of its AW119 that is being offered to the U.S. Navy, demonstrating the type’s versatility and high level of customization. All AW119 variants are manufactured exclusively at Leonardo’s Philadelphia, USA, plant.
About Leonardo: Leonardo, a global high-technology company, is among the top ten world players in Aerospace, Defence and Security and Italy’s main industrial company. Organized into five business divisions, Leonardo has a significant industrial presence in Italy, the United Kingdom, Poland and the USA, where it also operates through subsidiaries such as Leonardo DRS (defense electronics), and joint ventures and partnerships: ATR, MBDA, Telespazio, Thales Alenia Space and Avio.
Leonardo competes in the most important international markets by leveraging its areas of technological and product leadership (Helicopters, Aircraft, Aerostructures, Electronics, Cyber Security and Space). Listed on the Milan Stock Exchange (LDO), in 2018 Leonardo recorded consolidated revenues of €12.2 billion and invested €1.4 billion in Research and Development. The Group has been part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index since 2010.