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LCI TAKES DELIVERY OF ITS FIFTH AW139 FOR BOND OFFSHORE

Lease Corporation International’s (LCI) helicopter division has taken delivery of its fifth AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter, and has placed the aircraft on lease with Bond Offshore Helicopters (Bond) in Aberdeen, Scotland.
 
The delivery follows the agreement last year of a long term lease between LCI and Bond’s parent company Avincis Group – a leading global provider of mission critical services.
 
The 15-seat, twin-engined helicopter will be operated by Bond to provide offshore crew change support for the BW Offshore (UK) Limited Floating Production Storage and Offtake vessel at the Athena field. BW Offshore maintains production at the field on behalf of Ithaca Energy.

The AW139 is the market leader in the medium twin helicopter market with almost 600 sold in more than 50 countries to approximately 160 customers for many roles. In addition to offshore transport, these include VIP/corporate transport, passenger transport, law enforcement, fire- fighting, search and rescue, emergency medical service, disaster relief and maritime security.

LCI’s new helicopter division was launched at in 2012 with a $400m order for a modern, versatile fleet of market-leading AgustaWestland AW139, AW169 and AW189 helicopters.
 
LCI: Lease Corporation International (www.lciaviation.com) is a commercial aircraft and helicopter leasing company with offices in Dublin, London and Singapore. Since its inception in 2004, the company has acquired fixed and rotary wing aircraft with a value approaching US$5 billion. LCI is owned by the Libra Group (www.libra.com), an international business group comprising 30 subsidiaries operating across five continents and primarily focused on aviation, shipping, hospitality, energy and real estate.

Avincis is a leading provider of aerial services for mission-critical operations such as medical emergency, civil protection, search & rescue, coast and city surveillance, fire fighting and energy support services.  Based in the UK, the Group provides central resources, safety and operating standards and systems and expertise to its operating companies who serve local markets and customers in Spain, Italy, France, Portugal, Chile, Peru, UK, Norway, Australia and Ireland.  Of primary importance is the Group’s oversight of safety standards across all its operations, with a global target of zero accidents.  In 2012, the Group flew over 108,500 hours. www.avincisgroup.com
 

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