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SMFLH orders latest generation helicopters from Airbus
UP to 21 H145, H160 and H175 helicopters will be delivered through to 2028 for a variety of operating segments such as EMS, SAR and offshore energy.
The order marks the next phase of the Flight Path partnership between LCI and Airbus Helicopters that addresses long-term capacity and financing requirements.

LCI and Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Company (SMFL) have placed an order for up to 21 of the latest generation helicopters from Airbus through their joint venture leasing operation, SMFL LCI Helicopters (SMFLH). The order consists of 14 firm orders plus seven options, and is made up of a mix of light twin H145, medium twin H160 and super medium H175 helicopters. These will be delivered through to 2028 and will be aimed at a variety of operating segments such as emergency medical services (EMS), search and rescue (SAR), and offshore energy, including wind.

The order marks the next phase of the Flight Path partnership between LCI and Airbus Helicopters that aims to address the long-term capacity and financing requirements of the industry in a responsible manner.

The helicopters will offer superior performance, flexibility and lower CO2 emissions than comparable types and other transportation modes. In addition, they will be equipped with the latest suite of navigational and safety features and will also be capable of using blended SAFs.

LCI CEO Jaspal Jandu says: "We are delighted to announce our continued business with Airbus. The helicopter marketplace is facing a number of key capacity decisions as it looks to match supply with underlying demand requirements. This order for up to 21 latest generation helicopters reflects our combined determination to deliver solutions for operators and end users in a lasting, efficient and pragmatic way."

Bruno Even, CEO of Airbus Helicopters, adds: "This substantial new helicopter order from LCI and SMFL marks the next exciting phase of our Flight Path partnership and aims to provide the required support, at the substantial scale needed, to the mission critical sector. With our combination of technical and financial innovation, and market knowledge and presence, I'm confident there will be many more chapters to come."

The Flight Path partnership builds upon a 20 year relationship between LCI and Airbus, and the initial phase will see the committed delivery of at least seven latest generation Airbus Helicopters by 2025.

LCI and SMFL's combined fleet currently includes over 40 Airbus Helicopters. They are deployed by 12 operators in over 10 countries across the globe on a range of missions including EMS, SAR and offshore wind, all of which align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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