Leonardo and Mitsui Bussan Aerospace, Japan’s official distributor of the AW169, AW139 and AW189 helicopter models, yesterday announced have signed a contract for four additional aircraft at an official ceremony held at Japan Aerospace 2018.

According to the Italian manufacturer, this contract strengthens the partnership between Leonardo and Mitsui and is a key factor in the continued growth of the Leonardo fleet in the country where the AW139 is the best-selling in its segment. In March 2018, Mitsui Bussan Aerospace and Leonardo renewed their distribution agreement for three years. The partners also renewed a basic order agreement to increase the stock of spare parts and further strengthen customer support services in Japan.