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Leonardo to build rotorcraft terminal at Dubai Expo site

Waheed Abbas/Dubai
Filed on November 21, 2019 | Last updated on November 21, 2019 at 10.02 pm
Leonardo's rotorcraft terminal features a strong environmentally-friendly design and modularity using recyclable materials.

Terminal to support development of network of point-to-point connections for both urban transfers, connections between cities

Leonardo, a high-technology Italian company that is among the top 10 world players in aerospace, defence and security, will build a rotorcraft terminal next year in close proximity to the Expo 2020 Dubai area, supporting helicopter transport operations to and from the site.

The terminal will support development of a network of point-to-point connections for both urban transfers and connections between cities. VIP and charter services users and passengers will be provided with levels of service typically available only in larger private airport facilities far from downtown and urban areas.

The rotorcraft terminal features a strong environmentally-friendly design and modularity using recyclable materials which, if required, can be transported. Leading operator Falcon Aviation Services will use the terminal to deliver helicopter transport services.

Alessandro Profumo, CEO of Leonardo, said: "This one-of-a-kind initiative demonstrates that Leonardo, together with its long-established leading partners, is shaping the way we will fly in the next few decades. We're proud to have joined forces with Falcon Aviation Services on this project in Dubai which will provide unprecedented levels of quality transportation services during a world-class event like Expo 2020."

Sheikha Alyazia bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, Chairperson of the Executive Managing Committee at Falcon Aviation, said: "We're very excited to be working with Leonardo on this groundbreaking development in sustainable air mobility in Dubai to provide a never-before-seen level of transport service to millions of visitors during the World's Greatest Show."

Leonardo and IGG announced at the Dubai Airshow the signing of a memorandum of understanding aimed to analyse and explore the development of joined business activities in the UAE.

In addition, Abu Dhabi Aviation, a commercial helicopter operator, and Leonardo announced the signing of contracts for five helicopters, including three intermediate AW139s and two light-intermediate AW169s, during an official ceremony at the event. The aircraft are scheduled for delivery in 2020. It also signed a deal with International Golden Group on the signing of an MoU to analyse and explore the development of joined business activities in the UAE.

In 2020, Leonardo aims to engage Emirati schools and universities to discuss collaborations that will contribute to the growth of skills, capabilities and of a solid knowledge base for the next generations.

Leonardo has an office in Abu Dhabi and its history in the UAE dates back to the 1970s in the fields of military pilot training and defence systems.

- waheedabbas@khaleejtimes.com


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