Lease Corporation International (LCI) has secured its first helicopter lease in China with the placement of three Leonardo AW139s with Shanghai Kingwing Aviation Co. Each will be configured for emergency medical services (EMS) operations.
The three new AW139s will be delivered to Kingwing throughout the second half of 2018. They will be deployed on Kingwing’s rapidly expanding EMS network throughout China.
Helicopter-based EMS operations are experiencing rapid growth in China following recent easing of airspace restrictions, according to a LCI press release. Kingwing is China's largest EMS provider and its third largest helicopter operator overall.
To meet this increasing demand, LCI also established a new company based in the Tianjin Free Trade Zone DFTP Area. This will enable the company to provide service to its Chinese customers and spearhead the growth of its leasing business in China.
LCI’s fleet, which comprises$750 million of assets in service and on order, is focused on the latest technology medium and super-medium helicopters from the leading helicopter manufacturers, including Leonardo, Airbus and Sikorsky.