11-Jan-2021 Source: Horix Aerospace
Horix Aerospace is pleased to announce the completion of the dismantling process of 2 Leonardo AW109 helicopters, an A109 K2 and an A109E Power.
Dismantling was performed in accordance with the Horix Trust Dismantling Program, where the helicopter owner has the opportunity to delegate the entire process to Horix.
All parts have been inspected and released to service with an EASA Form 1 and traced in accordance with the Horix AS9120B quality certification.
When an aircraft passes 15 years of life, in most cases its market value is less than the sum of its components. This is the reason why we increasingly see the dismantling of very young airliners. The same thing happens with bizjets and helicopters.
A 20 year old AW109 may be too expensive to maintain, reason why dismantling for parts is an always recommended option.
We believe the AW139 short nose, especially those in VVIP configuration, will be an interesting platform for similar dismantling programs, due to very high maintenance costs limiting its competitivity in the second-hand market.
The dismantling has been performed by the Swiss MRO Karen Helicopters Services, a Company with which Horix Aerospace has signed a long-term cooperation agreement for the helicopter dismantling process related to the AW109 and AW139 models. “This agreement further strengthens the partnership between the two companies,” said Luca Carlino, director of Karen.
Marco Taufer, Chief Commercial Officer of Horix Aerospace agrees. “We are very excited to work with the most experienced Swiss MRO for the AW109 and AW139 helicopters and we are pleased to be a partner in Karen’s growth.”
“From this partnership we aim to become the European center of excellence for the dismantling of AW109 and AW139 helicopters”, concludes Marco Taufer.