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LCI orders nine Leonardo AW helicopters

LCI orders nine Leonardo AW helicopters

Lease Corporation International (LCI) has ordered a further nine helicopters from Leonardo valued at $120 million. The new order comprises entirely new generation AgustaWestland helicopters the AW139, AW169 and  AW189. The helicopters will start this year and continue into 2018.

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Tokyo MPD becomes first Japanese H215 operator

Tokyo MPD becomes first Japanese H215 operator

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has signed an agreement to purchase one H215, becoming the first H215 operator in Japan. The rotorcraft will be delivered in time for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, joining MPDs  fleet of 14 helicopters.

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Sino-US becomes exclusive Leonardo China distributor with 17 helicopter order

Sino-US becomes exclusive Leonardo China distributor with 17 helicopter order

Sino-US Intercontinental Helicopter Investment has become the exclusive China distributor for the Leonardo helicopter range. The deal was signed at the 2017 Paris Air Show, alongside an order for 17 helicopters. The order includes 2 AW119Kx single engine, 10 AW109

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Japan Coast Guard tops up H225 order

Japan Coast Guard tops up H225 order

The Japan Coast Guard has placed a follow on order with Airbus for the delivery of three H225 helicopters. In total, the Japan Coast Guard has orders for nine H225s. The last of the aircraft is due to be delivered

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Waypoint extends $390 million loan

Waypoint extends $390 million loan

Waypoint Leasing has extended maturity of two revolving credit facilities valued at $390 million, with a $100 million facility pushed back to late 2019 and over $280 million to late 2020. The loans are extended over seven lenders. The proceeds

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Helikorea orders three new EMS GrandNew

Helikorea orders three new EMS GrandNew

HeliKorea, the Republics air transport firm, has placed an order with Leonardo for three new Leonardo GrandNew light twin helicopters to use on Emergency Medical Service (EMS) operations. The first two helicopters will be delivered by the end of 2017

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Bell 505 Jet Ranger X gets FAA certification

Bell 505 Jet Ranger X gets FAA certification

Bell Helicopters new light twin aircraft, the 505 Jet Ranger X has achieved its Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification. The certification follows the helicopter celebrating its first customer delivery. certification from Transport Canada Civil Aviation and type certification in December

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Sharon Desfor elected ASA International President

Sharon Desfor elected ASA International President

Sharon Desfor, president of HeliValue$, has been elected international president of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA). This is the association’s highest position. Desfor started appraising helicopters in 1984 and joined the association in early 2005. She earned her ASA

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Waypoint delivers two Sikorsky’s to Omni

Waypoint delivers two Sikorsky’s to Omni

Waypoint Leasing, the Irish lessor, has delivered a Sikorsky S-92 and S-76C++ to Brazilian offshore oil and gas operator Omni Taxi Aero (OTA). The helicopter will be used in support of  charter contracts for offshore oil and gas operations. Previously the

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Airbus launches corporate helicopters brand

Airbus launches corporate helicopters brand

Airbus unveils a new brand, Airbus Corporate Helicopters, that it hopes will enable it to better target and serve business and private buyers of rotary craft. The division will follow in the path of its fixed-wing cousin in the aircraft

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