AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica Company, is pleased to announce that Sloane Helicopters Ltd of the United Kingdom has signed a multiyear distribution agreement covering a significant number of GrandNew light twin helicopters through to 2014. On signing the distribution agreement Sloane Helicopters has also signed a firm order for the first two helicopters.
Sloane Helicopters has been supporting AgustaWestland’s UK and Ireland sales since 1996. This contract will benefit Sloane’s customers by dramatically reducing delivery times which will also help AgustaWestland to increase its VIP and corporate transport market share in the UK and Ireland. The GrandNew features the most modern developments in avionics while retaining the outstanding characteristics of the Grand. The GrandNew is the first type certified light twin (CS/JAR/FAR 27) to enter service with a new EFIS featuring Synthetic Vision and the first helicopter in this class on the market fully compliant with the latest advanced global positioning system-based navigation requirements for all weather operations.
The GrandNew offers operators unprecedented opportunities to exploit the full capabilities of a rotorcraft, setting a new standard in the helicopter market. Orders for more than 300 helicopters from the Grand series have been placed by over 180 customers in almost 40 countries worldwide, to perform many missions including VIP/corporate transport, passenger transport, EMS, SAR, harbour pilot shuttle, maritime patrol and water pollution monitoring. Sloane Helicopters is also an AgustaWestland Authorised Service Centre, providing maintenance and support services. Additionally Sloane Helicopters is a Type Rating Transition centre for AgustaWestland helicopters in the UK. The distribution agreement allows Sloane Helicopters to market and sell AgustaWestland GrandNew in the UK and Ireland for corporate and VIP operations.