Savback Helicopters opens in the UK

26 November 2020 – Savback Helicopters AB is establishing a presence in the UK for the first time with the appointment of Rick Andrew as Commercial Director, effective immediately.  Rick joins the family-owned business from Sloane Helicopters, the long established Robinson and Leonardo Helicopters UK sales distributor.  Rick was close to the Robinson helicopter community in his former role, as sales and business development manager, working across piston and turbine markets.

As well as supporting existing Savback customers, Rick will work with the team to identify new owners and opportunities.  He will also represent the evolving Savback brand at European and UK shows in 2021, including Aero Expo and Private Flyer.

Rick’s arrival is the first step in a wider strategic plan by the specialist, independent helicopter sales brokerage, coinciding with its 21st anniversary.

“Rick Andrew is an excellent addition to our expanding team.  He brings valuable knowledge and contacts in the local market and we are really looking forward to working with him,” said Michael Savbäck, Savback Helicopters’ Founder.

“We are responding to the changing climate brought about by the Coronavirus pandemic and imposed national lockdowns,” highlighted Savback Helicopters’ CEO Reja Savbäck, adding that expanding the business to the UK is all part of a larger expansion plan.  “Covid-19 has brought about a renewed interest in the helicopter as the ultimate point to point transport,” she noted.

“I have some great leads to follow up already, so I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in.  Savback has a terrific reputation internationally and is very active across many markets. This was a major factor in joining the business,” added New Zealand-born Rick, who moved to the UK eight years ago from Australia where he obtained his fixed wing PPL, aged 20.   He moved into helicopter sales after a career in financial services.

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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