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Leonardo announced at the Paris Air Show on June 18 the appointment of SPECTO Aerospace as a blade repair center for the AW109 light twin and the AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter main and tail rotor blades in Europe, including Russia.
The appointment follows the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in Amsterdam in late 2018, allowing SPECTO Aerospace to join a network of four other blade repair centers based in UAE, U.K., U.S. and Singapore.
Headquartered at Amsterdam Lelystad-Airport, The Netherlands, SPECTO Aerospace has more than 15 years of experience in maintenance of composite components. SPECTO’s facility at the Royal Netherlands Air Force base in Woensdrecht is specialized in the repair of helicopter rotor blades for the civil and military market.
This latest step is evidence of Leonardo’s commitment to expanding material and technical assistance across the important European market, and aligns with the company’s Industrial Plan aimed at strengthening the level of service worldwide. Customer feedback and growing market success were essential reasons for Leonardo to expand its footprint in the region. Focusing on proximity and customer satisfaction remain key drivers of Leonardo support network’s mission and investments.
The popular AW109 light twin series and the world-class AW139 helicopter continue to be successful across Europe for a wide range of missions including VIP/corporate transport, offshore transport, EMS/SAR, law enforcement and public utility duties. Europe accounts for nearly 40 percent of AW109 sales and almost 30 percent of AW139 sales.