LCI is a privately owned aircraft lessor founded in 2004. Since its inception, LCI has undertaken more than US$8 billion of transactions in the fixed-wing, helicopter and advanced air mobility markets and provided leasing services to airlines, freight carriers and helicopter operators. These include leading airlines like British Airways, Singapore Airlines and Air France, and major helicopter operators such as Babcock.
LCI currently operates a fleet of over 140 helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, with an additional 125 on order. Its highly experienced and well-connected management team works closely with aircraft and engine manufacturers and major financial institutions.
LCI’s long-held fixed-wing strategy of undertaking aircraft investments timed with market cycles includes its US$1 billion fleet divestment in 2007, and its US$4.8 billion fleet investment and divestment cycles from 2008 to 2020.
In February 2012, LCI signed a $400 million contract for the purchase of a fleet of Leonardo helicopters on a five-year delivery schedule, signalling its breakthrough into the rotary wing aircraft sector whilst opening new markets to aviation leasing.
In September 2021, LCI re-entered the fixed wing market with the acquisition of an Airbus A330-300 commercial aircraft. In December, LCI acquired Nova Capital Aviation (Ireland) Limited, a division of the Nova Capital Group, resulting in a substantial expansion of LCI’s leasing platform.
LCI signed an agreement with BETA Technologies in April 2022 to acquire up to 125 of their electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. LCI’s commitment for BETA’s ALIA-250 eVTOL aircraft will enable the company to sustainably support operations across the globe.
LCI’s parent company, Libra Group, is a private international business group whose subsidiaries own and operate assets in over 50 countries. It is focused on six sectors: aviation, renewable energy, shipping, hospitality, real estate, and diversified investments.