21-Mar-2023 Source: Nova Capital
Nova Capital, the European independent lessor announced the recent acquisition of an additional five (5) utility configured helicopters under sale and leaseback transactions with 3 different undisclosed customers. These latest additions to the Nova Capital portfolio, include two (2) Leonardo 119’s and three (3) Airbus H125’s.
These helicopters are already deployed serving firefighting and aerial work missions in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Chile, and Belgium. The deliveries occurred in the period between October 2022 and February 2023.
The company also entered into a sale and leaseback agreement with an undisclosed customer for the acquisition of a seven (7) aircraft fleet including a mix of recently produced and factory new Thrush 710P. The aircraft will be delivered over Q2 2023 and operated exclusively for firefighting missions in particular in Spain, Chile, and France.
These acquisitions will expand Nova’s owned fleet to 54 assets in operation, with a combined total value surpassing US$200 million. Nova Capital further announces two senior appointments with Jérôme Marx joining the group as Chief Technical Officer and Frédéric Goig as Senior Advisor.
Jérôme accumulated an unrivaled 30 years-experience in aviation maintenance and mechanic’s, including heading the technical operations and PART 145 certification of Mont Blanc Hélicoptères and Monacair Group. Jérôme is also the founder and CEO of Camax Aero, a certified CAMO and consulting company.
Frédéric joined aviation more than 10 years ago after a career in industry in France and abroad. Initially joining as CEO of Inaer France, Fred became CEO of Babcock France and brought Babcock into the French military segment by winning the Fomedec tender. Further to that he was VP of growth for Babcock out of London. For the last 5 years, Fred is an advisor to companies and investors in the aviation market. With Nova he will focus on business development. Olivier Piot, Founder and CEO of Nova Capital commented “We are delighted to further re-inforce our presence in the light-utility aviation segment with these new assets. More importantly we are thrilled to further support from now three new customers and one of our long-term partners, who will deliver with them mission critical services -such as firefighting- over 6 different countries. I also want to warmly welcome Jérôme and Frédéric into the Nova family. Both are tremendous additions to our team and will allow us to further expand our business and technical support”.