Leonardo unveils new VIP configuration for AW09 helicopter at EBACE 2024

Miquel Ros / AeroTime

Leonardo has presented a life-size cabin mock-up of its upcoming AW09 single-engine helicopter at EBACE 2024.  

The mock-up showcases a deluxe VIP-corporate transport cabin layout and an exclusive paint scheme. This new model is now part of the Agusta-branded product range.  

The AW09 boasts the largest cabin and most generous legroom in the single-engine helicopter class, with various interior options.  

Leonardo has introduced dedicated interior themes inspired by nature, including Desert Dawn, Cedar Woods, Ocean Twilight, and Dark Cosmos.  

The airframe allows unobstructed side and rear access, while the five-bladed main rotor and shrouded tail rotor ensure a smoother flight. The helicopter is designed to be a modern digital rotorcraft, enabling advanced data transmission and analysis for technical support and flight efficiency. 

The AW09 light helicopter was initially developed by the Swiss manufacturer Kopter as the SH09 before the company was acquired by Leonardo in 2020. It has since been re-engined with the Arriel 2K turboshaft engine from Safran Helicopter Engines. 

Following its unveiling at EBACE, the AW09 mock-up will tour Europe, visiting Paris, London, and other key exhibitions. The new model has already racked up more than 100 preliminary sales contracts signed globally, according to its manufacturer. 

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