Helicopters: Leonardo opens a service and logistics center in São Paulo


A further step was taken by Leonardo to strengthen the level of quality of assistance services to helicopter operators in Brazil and Latin America with the commissioning of its new service and logistics center based in Itapevi, at 30 km from São Paulo.

This is the result of an investment of 60 million reais (around 9 million euros) – the new site is based on an area of ​​80,000 m2, of which 6,000 m2 are buildings and infrastructure, and can accommodate up to 20 planes simultaneously. Aircraft maintenance, training facilities and a range of industrial capabilities such as painting and refinishing will be gradually added, and the new center will increase service capacity by up to 50% compared to the previous dedicated site.

At present, there are five hundred Leonardo helicopters of different models used for a wide range of applications in service throughout Latin America, including 190 in Brazil and 120 of these aircraft in the state of São Paulo. The new center is expected to accommodate up to 370 aircraft per year for service, with potential for further expansion.

The missions carried out by Leonardo helicopters in the region include VIP / corporate and VVIP transport (more than 220 units, or almost 25% of the global fleet of Leonardo VIP helicopters), offshore transport, rescue, law enforcement, firefighting and military roles. Some of the more popular types include the AW119 single-engine, AW109 lightweight twin, AW139 mid-size twin, and more recently the AW169 mid-size light. The AW189 introduced new capabilities to the region in support of the energy industry.

The continued growth of the region in recent years, along with the introduction of completely new models for VIP, security, utility and offshore transport, means that this latest service development will help Leonardo meet the ever-changing demands in the whole region. The new service and logistics center in Itapevi demonstrates Leonardo’s long-term commitment to the region and aligns Leonardo’s focus on enhanced support services and proximity to operators.

The enhanced services will help maximize the efficiency and safety of the helicopter fleet’s missions for the benefit of the operators, crews and the communities they serve. With more than 90 service centers in more than 40 countries around the world, Leonardo is committed to providing industry-leading and comprehensive support and training services to deliver unprecedented benefits to operators in terms of safety, quality, efficiency, cost and sustainability as a cornerstone of Leonardo’s Be Tomorrow. Strategic plan 2030.


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