Aerospace, defence and security technology company Leonardo is set to open a helicopter maintenance facility at Milan’s Linate Airport, Italy, in collaboration with SEA Prime.
Milano Linate Prime, the first business aviation airport in Italy, saw over 21,000 movements in 2017, up 3% year-on-year. This agreement is part of Leonardo’s strategy to expand its offering of complete support services to its global client base.
Vittorio Della Bella, customer support and training, senior vice president, for Leonardo Helicopters, said, “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.”
AT the hub, Leonardo Helicopters offers line maintenance services in a dedicated 1,000m² (10,763ft²) hangar. 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.
Giulio De Metrio, president of SEA Prime and chief operating officer of SEA, commented, “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 [us]to further expand the offer of exclusive and high-level services at Milano Linate Prime, delivering additional value to our clients.”