The aviation division of the Libra Group, Leonardo and Lease Corporation International (LCI), have announced an increased order of nine helicopters. The order is valued at over US$120 million and covers the entire family of new generation helicopters called the Leonardo AW139, AW169 and AW189. Deliveries for the helicopters should started and should continue into 2018.
Lease Corporation International (LCI) is already a leading customer for Leonardo aircraft. Having a total of 49 helicopters with this additional order. The versatility and capability of the AW169, AW139 and AW189 aircraft are proving to be exceedingly popular among the leading operators around the world. A record five AW169s and one AW139 are being delivered and deployed this month. The helicopters are going to be used for maritime pilot transfers, search-and-rescue (SAR), training and utility missions, and emergency medical services. Proving that Lease Corporation International is diverse and expanding.
Crispin Maunder, executive chairman of LCI said, “Today’s [June 19] order marks just an interim stage in our continued long-term fleet development plan. We are seeing a resurgence of demand for modern, cost-effective helicopters across a range of different sectors, and this additional follow-on order underscores our confidence in the market and ensures that LCI has the right size and mix of helicopter fleet to fulfil our customers’ near-term requirements. The record number of helicopters we have taken delivery of and placed on lease this month alone is a clear demonstration of the continuing strength and diversity of demand in the helicopter market and in particular that for Leonardo helicopters.”
Lease Corporation International’s helicopter fleet is currently made up of approximately 60 helicopters in service and on order, including the market-leading Leonardo AW139, AW169 and AW189 helicopters. LCI’s growing fleet of helicopters are on lease to operators worldwide. Serving a wide range of sectors including EMS, SAR, offshore wind power, harbor pilots and training and utility, as well as a small proportion serving oil-and-gas production.
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