LCI boosts Singapore operation with appointment of Laurent Janitza

LCI, the aviation leasing arm of the Libra Group, has appointed Laurent Janitza as Vice President Marketing, based in the company’s Singapore office.

Mr Janitza, joins LCI with 20 years’ experience in the aerospace sector, much of it in Asia, and was previously with Bombardier Aerospace in Singapore as its Sales Director, Commercial Aircraft. Prior to joining Bombardier, he held a number of positions with Honeywell Aerospace in Singapore, culminating in the role of Customer Support Director for Asia Pacific. Part of Mr Janitza’s responsibilities at Honeywell included the sale of avionics to helicopter operators.

Mr Janitza began his career with Airbus Helicopters in Sydney, and holds an MBA in International Business, as well as having attended the international program at INSEAD Shanghai.

LCI Chief Executive Officer, Michael Platt, says: “We are delighted to be expanding our Singapore team with someone of Laurent’s extensive experience in the Asia Pacific region and the aerospace sector. We look forward to Laurent’s support in helping to drive LCI’s continued commitment to our customers. “

Laurent Janitza says: “It’s an exciting time to be joining LCI, I am very much looking forward to bringing my regional experience to the team in Singapore, and contributing to the company’s growth in Asia Pacific.”

Mr Janitza’s appointment comes at a busy time for LCI. Earlier this month they successfully closed a five-year, US$325 million asset–backed credit facility for its helicopter-leasing arm, LCI Helicopters.

LCI’s helicopter division comprises a fleet of delivered and ordered helicopters approaching ninety new units, including the market-leading AgustaWestland AW139, AW169 and AW189 helicopters and next-generation Airbus Helicopters EC175 and the newly-unveiled Airbus EC225e, for which LCI is a launch customer.

LCI announced almost US$1 billion in new orders at the HAI Heli-Expo in Anaheim, California, earlier this year and has also attracted investment of more than US$100 million from KKR Financial Holdings, LLC, to address growing oil and gas sector demand, as well as search and rescue and air ambulance services. Since its inception in 2004, LCI has acquired fixed wing and rotary aircraft with a combined value of approaching US$6 billion.

LCIH will be attending this year’s Helitech conference in Amsterdam, Crispin Maunder and Michael Platt will be present along with the LCI Helicopters’ marketing team at Stand H18.

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