Lease Corporation International takes delivery of 5th AW139

Lease Corporation International takes delivery of 5th AW139

16-Jan-2014 Source: LCI

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.

Editor note – this refers to G-VINJ, which has recently been delivered to, and operating from, Norwich Airport.  We queried with LCI the base referred to in the press release above and have been advised that it will share base between Aberdeen and Norwich.

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