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Airbus Signs Order with LCI and SMFL for 21 Helicopters

Our Bureau - : May 21, 2024 - : 8:43 pm

Airbus Helicopters, LCI, a leading aviation company, and Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Company (SMFL), have announced an order for up to 21 of the latest generation helicopters.

The new order from LCI and SMFL’s joint venture leasing operation, SMFL LCI Helicopters (SMFLH), consists of 14 firm orders plus 7 options. It is made up of a mix of light twin H145, medium twin H160 and super medium H175 helicopters.

The new helicopters will be delivered through to 2028 and will be aimed at a variety of operating segments such as emergency medical services (EMS), search and rescue (SAR), and offshore energy, including wind.

“The helicopter marketplace is facing a number of key capacity decisions as it looks to match supply with underlying demand requirements,” said Jaspal Jandu, CEO of LCI. “This order for up to 21 latest generation helicopters reflects our combined determination to deliver solutions for operators and end users in a lasting, efficient and pragmatic way.”

“This substantial new helicopter order from LCI and SMFL marks the next exciting phase of our Flight Path partnership, and aims to provide the required support, at the substantial scale needed, to the mission critical sector,” said Bruno Even, CEO of Airbus Helicopters. “With our combination of technical and financial innovation, and market knowledge and presence, I’m confident there will be many more chapters to come.”

LCI and SMFL’s combined fleet currently includes over 40 Airbus helicopters. They are deployed by 12 operators in over 10 countries across the globe on a range of missions including EMS, SAR and offshore wind, all of which align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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