Harrods Aviation has been selected by Embraer and Sikorsky as UK and Ireland sales and distribution agent for the Legacy business jet and S-76 and S-92 helicopters.

The appointment comes as the UK's largest fixed-based operator takes delivery of the first civil S-92 outside North America. Harrods Aviation says it is managing the VIP-configured helicopter at its London Stansted airport base on behalf of a private US owner.

Harrods plans to take delivery of a corporate S-92C helicopter in early 2005. The 19-seat machine will be used as a European demonstrator and will also join the operator's charter fleet, which comprises the S-92 and Agusta A109Elite.

Harrods is also negotiating with Embraer to have a $22 million Legacy demonstrator based at London Luton by early next year. "We have already sold one Legacy to a private individual," says Harrods chief executive Steve Grimes, "and have two orders pending".

Source: Flight International