LEONARDO AND SEA PRIME: AGREE ON THE OPENING OF A MAINTENANCE BASE AT MILANO LINATE PRIME
Leonardo, global player in high-technology fields and among the world’s leading Aerospace, Defense and Security companies and SEA Prime representing at Milano Linate Prime the excellence of business aviation in Milan and in Italy, announce the opening of a Leonardo maintenance base at Milano Linate Prime.
From December 2017, Leonardo Helicopters offers line maintenance services in a dedicated hangar of about 1,000 square meters at Milano Linate Prime. The hangar, one among the 10 already present at the airport, is equipped to perform maintenance services for AgustaWestland AW109 and AW139 helicopters for both private and commercial clients. This confirms the trend in which players in the sector have an increasingly leading role in the provision of maintenance services, as a result of the quick evolution of aircraft production technologies.
Milano Linate Prime, the first business aviation airport in Italy with over 21,000 movements in 2017, is an important reference point for Leonardo Helicopters’ clients, continuing to record a significant growth in departures also during 2017 (+3% of annual growth) being a driver of traffic in Italy and one of the fastest growing B&GA airports at a European level.
This agreement is part of Leonardo’s strategy that aims to the constant expansion of its capacity of offering complete support services to its client base around the world. Vittorio Della Bella, Customer Support & Training SVP, Leonardo Elicotteri, has stated: “With more than 100 support and training centers dedicated to the helicopter market all over the world and a strong commitment to constantly increase and improve our services, Leonardo confirms the mission to be close to its customers with the newest solutions, especially in the areas where they operate their helicopters”.
“The agreement with Leonardo happens a time of growth and development at Milano Linate Prime, both in terms of traffic and of infrastructures, including Milano Malpensa with the opening of the new Milano Malpensa Prime GAT, and we believe this is the beginning of a long-term collaboration between our Groups. Milano Linate Prime has been a natural choice for Leonardo, due to the size and importance of the airport for business and general aviation traffic, including helicopters. This agreement allows to further expand the offer of exclusive and high-level services at Milano Linate Prime, delivering additional value to our clients” declared Giulio De Metrio, President of SEA Prime SpA and Chief Operating Office of SEA SpA.