Waypoint, Leonardo Partner in Medium Helicopter Program

February 27, 2018
Source:  Rotor&Wing International

Waypoint Leasing is partnering with Leonardo. The lessor announced Tuesday that the two are launching a comprehensive maintenance and training services offering in support of Waypoint’s Medium Utility Helicopter (MUH) reconfiguration program.

The program involves a re-configured Leonardo AW139. It can perform missions including firefighting, light EMS/search and rescue, mining, power line support, cargo and utility transport, and general aerial work. Waypoint said MUH is a replacement opportunity for utility operators.

“We are pleased to work together with Leonardo Helicopters and take advantage of the full AW139 lifecycle, which will greatly benefit utility operators,” said Allan Rowe, managing director of sales and relationship management at Waypoint. Rowe is also an R&WI editorial advisory board member. “Waypoint’s MUH offers modern technology, the latest safety systems, and the superior performance of the AW139 at comparable costs to competing legacy utility aircraft.”

This aircraft is on display at Leonardo’s booth (C3225) at Helicopter Association International’s Heli-Expo, taking place this week in Las Vegas.

“Waypoint’s MUH program is an important example of how companies are thoughtfully expanding the lifecycle value of the AW139, while positioning it to meet the modern demands of utility operations,” said Emilio Dalmasso, SVP of global sales at Leonardo Helicopters said. “Our programs will be tailored to ensure cost competitiveness, and will include entry into service, training, and dedicated power-by-the-hour support plans.”