– New, independent division will focus on mission critical rotorcraft and advanced air mobility operations across sectors including energy, EMS and SAR –

24 January, 2024:  LCI, a leading aviation company, has launched a new independent division dedicated to high quality advisory, consultancy and research services.

LCI Analytics will initially cover mission critical rotorcraft and advanced air mobility operations across sectors including energy, emergency medical services (EMS), and search and rescue (SAR).  It will publish regular, in-depth research and forecasts, and leverage its in-house knowledge, experience, and computing power to deliver actionable, real-time insights from big data.

It will also deliver bespoke advisory, consulting and forecasting services to stakeholders such as governments, developers, manufacturers, operators and investors.  These insights will have applications in market research, business planning, fund-raising and M&A.

Steve Robertson, a respected energy sector economist with a background in commercial and strategic market consulting and research, will lead the new division as Managing Director.

Jaspal Jandu, CEO of LCI, says: “The aviation and energy markets are increasingly being driven by the forces of efficiency, sustainability, and scalability.  Advances in STEM disciplines, computing power and analytics will play a key role in the transportation and logistics networks of the future.

“The creation of LCI Analytics supports our core belief in sustainable innovation and growth. With his proven track record in this field, I am confident that Steve Robertson will quickly establish LCI Analytics as a reputable and trusted source of insight.”

LCI Analytics will combine millions of flight data points from proprietary and third-party sources, and will operate one of the largest private networks of ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast)(1) flight tracking receivers worldwide.

It will use this data to track and benchmark key metrics such as supply, demand, costs, and emissions, and will identify future hotspots.  Applications include new advanced air mobility networks, and also the growing logistical operations around offshore wind farms.

Steve Robertson, Managing Director of LCI Analytics, says: “LCI is a proven and reputable aviation business, and the opportunity to work with them to establish a new research and advisory consultancy is an exciting one.

“LCI Analytics’ deep understanding and detailed coverage of traditional and new energy markets, such as offshore wind, will enable us to deliver unique insights to help our clients make informed and data-driven decisions. We start this new journey with the added experience of hundreds of successful consulting projects, industry-leading published reports, and support work on public and private transactions totalling tens of billions of dollars.”

Prior to joining LCI, Steve was the Founder and Principal of research and consulting firm Air & Sea Analytics. Before that, he spent 17 years at an energy-sector research and consulting business Westwood Global Energy in a number of roles including Director and Board Member.

The launch of LCI Analytics follows the acquisition of a 35% stake in LCI by Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Co., Ltd. (SMFL) in 2023.

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Notes to Editors:

(1) Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast (ADS-B) is an aviation technology in which an aircraft (or other airborne vehicles such as drones approved to fit “ADS-B Out”) determines its position via satellite navigation or other sensors and periodically broadcasts its position and other related data.

About LCI:

LCI is a leading aviation company that is uniquely positioned across the commercial fixed-wing, helicopter and advanced air mobility sectors. Since its inception in 2004, LCI has undertaken approximately US$10 billion of aviation transactions and provides leasing services to operators, Governments and end-users.

LCI is owned by Libra Group (, a privately-owned international business group whose subsidiaries own and operate assets in nearly 60 countries and Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Company, Limited (SMFL) ( For more information, visit

About LCI Analytics:

LCI Analytics is the independent advisory, consulting and research division of LCI, and delivers insights about the mission critical rotary, energy and advanced air mobility markets. For more information, visit

For more information, please contact: 

Charlie Hampton


Tel: +44 (0)7884 187297 


Time Critical Support to Bond Helicopters

Padraig Conneely 

SVP, Technical Operations, LCI

The ability to plan, manage and complete aircraft transitions is an integral part of a lessor’s operations.

Over the previous twelve months, the LCI team have been working on a complex but rewarding transition of aviation assets from South America to the UK.  These will support the re-launch of Bond Helicopters.  LCI and Bond Helicopters have worked together successfully in the past, and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to deliver the first three aircraft for their new fleet.

In January 2024, three Leonardo AW139s will commence operations with Bond Helicopters from their base in Norwich, UK, where they will support Perenco’s gas operations in the North Sea. Getting Bond’s distinct red helicopter livery to market on time and within budget was not something LCI took lightly, and is one we are delighted to have delivered on.

But how was this achieved?

  • The redelivery project involved many months of advanced planning by the in-house technical, legal and operational teams.
  • This included the re-negotiation of lease returns, the acceleration of heavy maintenance inspections, and complex redelivery processes and logistics.
  • Working closely with Bond over many months, both in the UK and South America, LCI’s technical team leveraged significant asset, industry and project management experience to ensure all parties shared the same critical path and timeline.
  • This was augmented with both physical, in-country staff placements, and also the use of collaborative digital tools across multiple time zones.
  • We collectively ensured ground and sea logistics came together on time and ready to go.  

Naturally, none of this would have been possible without the excellent co-operation and assistance of our operator partners. 

Our team is proud to successfully deliver complex, international, multi-aircraft transitions like this one. Faced with a variety of challenges, we leveraged our core competencies of teamwork, innovation, perseverance, flexibility and, most importantly, communication to execute successfully for our customers.

We wish the team at Bond Helicopters many years of successful operations.

To discuss asset ownership, transition and management, contact the LCI technical team at