LCI orders another 11 helicopters


AgustaWestland family flying in formation

Leace Corporation International has ordered another 11 AgustaWestland helicopters valued at $125 million.

The new aircraft are converted from options held by the helicopter lessor, are made up of a mix of AW139, AW169 and AW189 aircraft. The aircraft will be delivered between 2015 and 2016.

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Crispin Maunder, executive chairman of LCI, says: “We are reaffirming our commitment to the helicopter market by enlarging our future helicopter fleet to meet the continuing growth in demand levels. With many operators in both offshore oil production and Emergency Medical Services (EMS), we continue to see good long-term prospects in these important sectors.”

LCI’s helicopters are already in service supporting deep sea oil and gas production, along with aero-medical transport and search and rescue roles.

The company has placed almost $1 billion in new AgustaWestland and Airbus Helicopters orders at Heli-Expo 2014 in Anaheim, California.

The announcement was made while Crispin Maunder was attending the Helicopter Investor conference in London but sadly not actually at the event.