AgustaWestland and Heliconia sign distribution agreement
AgustaWestland and Heliconia Aero Solutions sign a distribution agreement for Morocco at the Marrakesh Air Show.
AgustaWestland and Heliconia Aero Solutions have signed a distributorship agreement for AgustaWestland helicopter models in Morocco. Heliconia has placed a first order for two AW139 helicopters, plus a number of options, to perform offshore transport missions in Morocco.
These first helicopters are slated for delivery in June and July 2014. Heliconia has meanwhile started its offshore transportation missions with two AW139s leased from AgustaWestland since end February 2014.
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Emilio Dalmasso, AgustaWestland senior vice president Commercial Business Unit, said: “This distribution agreement for our world class helicopters with such a leading partner in Morocco, as well as the introduction of the AW139 type into the growing offshore market in Morocco, marks a major event for the future of helicopter operations in the regional commercial market. We are confident that this is the beginning of a fruitful collaboration in a market which offers significant potential in the oil and gas industry and EMS services.”
Daniel Sigaud, president of Heliconia, said: “This is a major milestone development for Heliconia, but also for Morocco as it will bring into the Moroccan market a new generation of aircrafts, which have proved over the last five years to have a major impact on oil and gas offshore activities worldwide, at a time when very substantial investments are being earmarked to explore Moroccan territorial waters.”
“Heliconia has had to beef up very substantially its internal structures and procedures, to secure required Authorizations and Permits from the Morocco Civil Aviation Authorities, and match up the high technology requirements of this new generation of aircraft. It will also permit Heliconia to extend its activities in Africa in the future,” added Sigaud.
Over 200 customers from more than 60 countries have ordered almost 760 AW139 helicopters so far.
The Heliconia Group has companies based in Morocco and France. The company is already working on further regional developments from its Moroccan based operations.