This website uses cookies
More information
The monthly news publication for aviation professionals.

Why visit ACE ’24?

Related background information from the Handbook...

Leonardo Helicopters
Aircraft

Mitsui Bussan Aerospace
Aircraft

BAN's World Gazetteer

Italy
Japan
The monthly news publication for aviation professionals.

Request your printed copy

Mitsui Bussan inks deal to bring four more AW139s to Japan
Leonardo models are proving popular in Japan for a wide range of mission profiles including SAR, coast guard duties, law enforcement, fire and disaster response. Four further AW139s will boost such services.
Representatives from Leonardo and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace signed the contract at the recent Japan Aerospace 2018 exhibition.
Read this story in our March 2019 printed issue.

Mitsui Bussan Aerospace, the official Japanese distributor for Leonardo's AW169, AW139 and AW189 helicopter models, has signed a contract for four additional aircraft at the Japan Aerospace 2018 exhibition.

The signing follows Mitsui Bussan and Leonardo's renewal of their distributorship agreement for another three years in March. At the same time they also renewed a basic ordering agreement to increase spare parts stock, further strengthening customer support services in the country.

The AW139 has already extablished a firm foothold in Japan. It performs a number of public utility roles including SAR and coast guard duties with the Japan Coast Guard; law enforcement, firefighting and disaster relief with the Japan National Police Agency, Tokyo Metropolitan Police and Fire and Disaster Management Agency; as well as supporting several prefectures and city authorities. Around 130 Leonardo Helicopters are in service in Japan today.

Leonardo's regional office, based in Tokyo, has been supporting the company's growing helicopter business in the country since 2008. The OEM believes that the Japanese turbine helicopter market shows significant potential over the next few decades as operators replace ageing fleets and expects up to 30 new units to enter the market every year.

Leonardo has been providng maintenance services to its Japanese fleet for nearly 25 years through a growing nationwide support network. This is set to strengthen further with the establishment by Shizuoka Air Commuter Corporation of a helicopter MRO service centre in Mount Fuji Shizuoka airport next year.

Other News
 
AMS AW139s will support radiological security across the US
July 19, 2024
Equipped with specialised radiation detection systems, two AW139 arrivals are a key way the NNSA will perform radiological and nuclear detection activities at large-scale special events.
Aero Facility revealed as AW09 distributor
July 1, 2024
Aero Facility signed preliminary sales contracts for six units in March 2023, and this latest move will extend Leonardo’s distributorship strategy to Japan to address all commercial application requirements in the country.
Italian Navy lends support to AW609 tiltrotor programme
July 1, 2024
The demonstration trials are the latest step taken under the activities carried out by a joint working group established in 2022 including Leonardo, the Italian Navy, the Italian Army and Guardia di Finanza.