LCI, a leading helicopter and commercial aircraft leasing company with offices in Dublin, London and Singapore, together with Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Company (SMFL), have acquired an additional five next-generation helicopters, comprising two Airbus H145 D3s, two Airbus H145 T2s and one Leonardo AW139. These aircraft will be deployed in mission-critical roles in both Asia and Europe.
The joint venture between LCI and SMFL will now have a portfolio of 38 aircraft valued at in excess of US$420 million, doubling its size in just under two years. Over 75% of the total fleet is now deployed on ESG-focused missions including emergency medical services (EMS), search and rescue (SAR) and serving offshore wind farm operations.
The fleet is operational in numerous countries including the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Norway and Australia. Jaspal Jandu, Chief Executive Officer at LCI, said: “Our continued expansion is a clear demonstration of the initial success and long-term potential of LCI’s partnership with SMFL. Using our collective expertise, I am confident that we can achieve further growth with an increasing focus on socially aware helicopter missions across the globe.” (£1.00 = US$1.31 at time of publication)