Lease Corporation International (LCI), the Libra Group’s aviation leasing arm, will acquire as many as 21 new Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft in a contract involving both the next-generation EC175 and the newly unveiled EC225e. The total contract value is estimated in commercial terms to be around $645 million, with delivery scheduled to commence in 2016.
The major commitment marks LCI’s initial transaction with Airbus Helicopters. It involves up to six orders for the EC175, along with as many as 15 of the Super Puma family’s EC225e version when it becomes available.
Contract ceremony at Heli-Expo. Photo courtesy of LCI
All of the ordered aircraft will be deployed among LCI’s global lessee base through its helicopter leasing division – which was established in early 2012.
New Turbomeca Makila 2B turboshaft engines will power the EC225e for improved performance and a range-of-action extended to 180 nautical miles with 10 passengers. Incorporating a new combustion chamber and high-power turbine blades, the Makila 2B will enable takeoffs at the helicopter’s maximum all-up weight in CAT A conditions. Certification of the EC225e is targeted for late 2015, followed by the start-up of deliveries in mid-2016.
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