Elitaliana recieve first AW169 from LCI


Lease Corporation International (LCI), the aviation leasing arm of the Libra Group, has delivered the first Leonardo AW169 helicopter to Elitaliana SpA.

It will be used to support Elitaliana’s emergency medical services (EMS) and search and rescue (SAR) operations in Italy. This aircraft is the first of three that will be leased to the Italian company by LCI.

“It is fitting that Elitaliana is introducing the latest Leonardo helicopter type into operation out of our Rome base, providing enhanced EMS services within the Lazio region of Italy. We are delighted to be working with LCI Helicopters who have been extremely supportive to our requirements and we look forward to further developing our relationship over the coming years.” said President of Elitaliana, Prince Manfredo de Windisch-Graetz.

LCI is the launch customer for the AW169 and has now taken delivery of five. These aircraft are now being deployed on a variety of missions including EMS, offshore support and utility/training. The lessor has substantial orders and commitments for further AW169s which are set to be delivered in the next few years.

Crispin Maunder, Executive Chairman of LCI, says: “We are pleased to be partnering with Elitaliana as they introduce the AW169 into service replacing their AW109 equipment. We see considerable demand for this versatile and innovative helicopter which offers a broad range of applications, and allows LCI to further expand its relationships with leading operators around the world”.

The Leonardo AW169 is a versatile, new generation twin twin-turbine light intermediate category helicopter, which can accommodate up to ten passengers. The AW169 is the first all new aircraft in its weight category to enter the market in over 30 years, it is certified in accordance with EASA CS-29 / FAR Part 29 standards for performance and safety.

LCI’s helicopter division comprises a fleet of 90 helicopters delivered, on order or under management. The fleet includes Leonardo AW139, AW169 and AW189 helicopters and next-generation Airbus Helicopters’ H175.