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Issued by LCI Aviation.

March 11, 2021

LCI places two new AW109SPs with Sloane Helicopters for EMS operations

LCI, the Dublin-headquartered helicopter leasing, management and investment platform, has placed two AW109SP helicopters on long term operating leases to undertake EMS (emergency medical services) operations with its newest customer, Sloane Helicopters.

The two new Leonardo helicopters, which are the first of their type to enter LCI's fleet, were recently delivered to Sloane Helicopters' base at Sywell, Northamptonshire in the UK. They will be flown by Sloane Helicopters on behalf of The Air Ambulance Service, the local air ambulance provider for Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland, and a new end user for LCI.

Crispin Maunder, executive chairman of LCI, says: “Sloane Helicopters is one of Europe's foremost helicopter companies, and we are delighted to be launching this new leasing partnership with it. We look forward to supporting its mission-critical operations.”

Jeremy Awenat, managing director of Sloane Helicopters, says: “When it came to selecting a helicopter lessor for our work with the Air Ambulance Service, LCI's proven track record and extensive technical knowledge in both EMS and helicopter operations in general, made it an obvious choice. We look forward to developing a longstanding partnership with it as we introduce these life-saving helicopters into service in the UK.”

LCI's fleet is focused on the latest technology medium and super medium helicopters manufactured by leading helicopter OEMs including Leonardo, Airbus and Sikorsky. These are in operation across four continents in multiple sectors including emergency medical services, offshore wind, search and rescue, maritime pilot transfer and oil and gas transportation.

With a sound commercial strategy and highly experienced senior management team that has worked together for almost 10 years, LCI has consistently grown in scale and value since 2012. It has built strong relationships with many leading financial institutions and, in partnership with them, manages a current asset pool worth around $1 billion.