Universal Vulkaan to Deliver 30 Leonardo Choppers to India in 3 Years


Universal Vulkaan Aviation, optimistic about the Indian market's potential for growth, has announced plans to introduce 30 Leonardo helicopters into the country within the next three years. Serving as the distributor for Italy-based Leonardo Helicopters in India, UVA is poised to contribute to the country's aviation sector expansion.

The company, based in New Delhi, plans to acquire 30 helicopters over the next three years — 16 new and 14 from the pre-owned market. "After signing the pre-sales contract for 5 units of AW09 machines in January 2024, UVA has ordered 11 units from types AW109 Trekker, AW139, AW169, from the Leonardo Helicopters. This is in addition to the 14 helicopters that were purchased by the Vulkaan Group from the pre-owned market, which include the AW 119Kx and AW 109 Trekker", a release said.

The models have seating capacities ranging from 5 to 15. Karan Sethi, UVA's Sales Director, stated that the Indian market is prepared for expansion, and UVA's product lineup in single and twin engines will continue to prosper. Opportunities exist in the "VIP segment, religious tourism, operator markets, and Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS)". Also, there is a need for replacement aircraft, he added.

According to Harinder Jeet Singh Commar, Partner at UVA, the forthcoming AW09 model is set to revolutionize the single-engine Indian market, promising expedited deliveries through its streamlined distribution process. Capable of accommodating up to eight passengers, the AW09 is generating significant interest from charter operators and various entities. The company is actively engaging in discussions, and the helicopters are anticipated to be introduced into the Indian market within the next three years.