Social Media from 2024

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25 June

LCI is delighted to announce the long-term lease of a new AW139 helicopter to Toll Group – a highly experienced provider of specialised mission-critical helicopter services and training for government, defence, and the civil sector in Australia.

Based in Darwin, the AW139 will bolster Toll’s capabilities in missions including search and rescue, aircraft maintenance engineering, and the transportation of cargo and personnel.

Nigel Leishman, Chief Commercial Officer of LCI, says: “We are confident that our AW139 will significantly enhance Toll’s capabilities in support of a key customer in Darwin. This aircraft’s advanced technology will be an excellent addition to their fleet, allowing them to continue delivering the high quality of operations they are well reputed for.”

We’re proud to play a part in Toll’s continued success.

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20 June

Our CCO, Nigel Leishman, spoke on a panel at Revolution.Aero this week focusing on leasing in advanced air mobility. He commented on a wide range of areas in this exciting new area of aviation including the routes to market penetration of leasing, initial and longer term financing methods, and the need for strong appraiser support to define residual values.

Many thanks to Alasdair Whyte and the entire team for an engaging and highly relevant event that crystallised the huge potential of AAM in the years ahead.

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18 June

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13 June

We’re excited to be participating in Revolution.Aero London 2024 next week, which takes place on June 18th – 19th at the Royal Garden Hotel.

Our Chief Commercial Officer, Nigel Leishman, will be a speaker on the panel, ‘Leasing in Advanced Air Mobility’. Nigel will bring his expertise to the discussion, exploring dynamic leasing solutions and how the nascent AAM sector is developing.

For more information, visit: https://bit.ly/3yZevhQ

See you there!


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12 June

We are pleased to share that the LCI group of companies and partners have raised over US$2 billion of capital since the start of 2019.

Market commentary at last week’s Helicopter & VTOL Investor conference highlighted the importance of deep, robust and efficient financing channels in the industry – an area in which LCI has operated successfully for over a decade, building relationships with global financial institutions, and educating the investment community about the robust economic, technical and financial lives of helicopters.

Alan O’Rourke, CFO of LCI, says: “The first half of 2024 has been a strong one for LCI from a financial perspective as we have introduced four new lenders to the industry, ordered new helicopters from Airbus and Leonardo, and used the social loan framework we developed with SMFL to channel finance into eligible and verified social projects such as helicopters for search and rescue and emergency medical services deployment.”

“However, there is much still to do. Market dynamics are changing, and we are in a growth cycle as operators address replacement needs, increasing demand, and growing calls around sustainability. This growth must be managed responsibly by all stakeholders including OEMs, financiers, lessors, operators and end users. Equally importantly, the replacement and underlying growth of the global helicopter fleet must be supported by full-picture valuations from the appraiser community.”

“We look forward to working with all parties to underpin this mission critical industry with a secure, robust and long-term financial base.”


7 June

The LCI team has a had a great few days at Helicopter Investor London this week, meeting with customers and partners, speaking on a wide range of panels, and hosting a cocktail reception.

Congratulations to Alasdair Whyte and all the Helicopter & VTOL Investor team for another excellent event, which was a powerful platform to discuss and debate many of the key issues in the helicopter marketplace. We’re looking forward to 2025!


5 June

LCI is pleased to announce that it is supporting Gama Aviation’s contract with the Wales Air Ambulance Charity • Elusen Ambiwlans Awyr Cymru (WAA) through the provision of two Airbus Helicopters H145D2s.

The WAA plays an indispensable role in saving lives across Wales, and has already accomplished over 43,000 missions. Its dedication to serving communities aligns with LCI’s values of safety, innovation, and social responsibility.

Nigel Leishman, Chief Commercial Officer of LCI, says: “We are confident that these helicopters will help to improve the capacity of the WAA as providers of essential life-saving care in Wales for years to come. With their advanced capabilities and Gama’s proven expertise in operating air ambulances, these aircraft will help to ensure rapid response times and the very best outcomes for patients.”

This agreement expands upon our existing relationship with Gama Aviation – with LCI already leasing three H145s to Gama for their Scottish Air Ambulance contract. The agreement also underscores LCI’s commitment to providing essential helicopter solutions for critical mobile medical services across the UK.


31 May

LCI will be attending Helicopter & VTOL Investor London 2024 next week – taking place on 5th-6th June at The Landmark Hotel.  We look forward to connecting with industry leaders, financiers, and operators at this premier event at which a number of our team will be speaking.

➡️ Jaspal Jandu on Helicopter Leasing – The Next 10 Years
➡️ Alan O’Rourke on Finding Helicopter Debt
➡️ Nigel Leishman on The Offshore Helicopter Market
➡️ Steve Robertson from LCI Analytics on Helicopters and ESG, and the State of the Market 2024-5.

For more information, visit: https://bit.ly/4bYiERl

See you there!


21 May

We are thrilled to announce that LCI and Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Company, Limited (SMFL) are ordering up to 21 of the latest generation Airbus Helicopters. This major new order from LCI and SMFL’s joint venture leasing operation, SMFL LCI Helicopters, consists of 14 firm orders plus 7 options. It is made up of a mix of light twin H145, medium twin H160 and super medium H175 helicopters.

These advanced helicopters will be delivered through to 2028 and will be aimed at a variety of mission critical operating segments such as emergency medical services, search and rescue and offshore energy, including wind.

Jaspal Jandu, CEO of LCI, 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, says: “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.”

For more information read here: https://bit.ly/3UR66UR


14 May

LCI is thrilled to welcome Ciara O’Loghlen as our new SVP, Operations and Structuring!

Ciara brings a wealth of leasing, structuring and tax experience to LCI, having worked as a tax lawyer with both lessors and advisors, including PwC Ireland and GECAS.

Her role at LCI will include project management, drawing on Ciara’s structuring expertise, and working with our teams on planning, governance, collaboration and communication strategies, focusing on optimising our processes and maximising efficiencies.

Our COO Terri Foley says: “I’m confident that Ciara’s leadership will be instrumental in helping LCI achieve its operational goals. We’ve seen through the two years she has worked with LCI as SVP, Tax that she is a proven leader with a track record of success, and I’m excited she is joining our team.”


26 April

Thank you to the team at HeliOffshore Ltd for an impressive Conference this week.

A key highlight for us was the meaningful dialogues surrounding helicopter safety. We were inspired by the commitment and direction the industry is taking to push the boundaries and drive advances that will ensure even safer offshore operations for pilots and passengers.

We look forward to returning in 2025!

Jaspal Jandu, Crispin Maunder, Steve Robertson, Régis Magnac, Kuldeep Yadav


18 April

LCI will be attending the HeliOffshore Ltd Conference on 25th and 26th April 2024, in Vienna, Austria. 

Our CEO Jaspal Jandu, CCO Nigel Leishman, and Chairman Crispin Maunder look forward to engaging with industry leaders and discussing the latest advances and opportunities within the offshore helicopter sector. 

To schedule a meeting please email info@lciaviation.com


4 April

Congratulations to our colleague Monica Butfoy Marsh for conquering the Solas Croke Park Abseil 2024! 

Your determination to support the Solas Cancer Support Centre in Waterford, and the vital work it does for cancer patients and their families, is truly inspiring.

Thank you, Monica, for embodying the spirit of teamwork and your unwavering commitment to making a difference!

Visit the Solas website to find out more about how you can support their initiatives: 


19 March

In case you missed it, Libra Group‘s Chairman, George Logothetis, recently gave an exciting speech at the Airline Economics Conference in Dublin.

In his talk, he delved into the essence of leadership and the future of aviation, highlighting LCI’s remarkable journey over two decades. Amidst many market upheavals, LCI has consistently turned challenges into growth opportunities.

With Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Company, Limited’s recent 35% investment in LCI, George underscored the power of trust in business. He also shed light on Libra Group’s eco-initiatives, from eVTOLs to carbon capture – pioneering sustainable aviation.

Watch the full speech here: 

#libra #lci #aviation #future #sustainableaviation


13 March

Let’s do a recap of a very busy ‘HAI month’ for LCI!

Our team attended the Vertical Aviation International Heli-Expo and Helicopter & VTOL Investor Latin America, accelerating our growth in the helicopter and advanced air mobility (AAM) sectors, and engaging with customers and partners from across the industry. Here are a few key highlights:

Expanding our fleet: We signed a framework agreement with Leonardo Helicopters to acquire up to 21 of their latest generation helicopters, and announced a Flight Path partnership with Airbus Helicopters that in phase one will see the committed delivery of at least seven latest generation helicopters.

Shaping the future of flight: We announced a ground-breaking collaboration agreement with Airbus to develop ecosystems for AAM, including their NextGen eVTOL concept. This exciting new partnership positions us at the forefront of this transformative technology.

Connecting with the industry: We welcomed over a hundred customers and partners to our annual Heli Expo booth and social reception.

Focused on innovation: We visited our partner Elroy Air’s production facility for its autonomous Chaparral aircraft, and took a demonstration flight in the new Bell Flight 429 helicopter.

We’re looking forward to next year already. See you at Verticon in Dallas, in March 2025!


28 February

LCI today announces a new Flight Path partnership with Airbus Helicopters designed to address the long-term capacity, sustainability and financing requirements of the industry.  
 
The first phase of Flight Path will see LCI receiving at least seven new Airbus helicopters by 2025. Five of them will be H145s, which will be operated in Oceania through our JV leasing operation with Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Company, Limited (SMFL), along with two H175s, which will be operated in South America.
 
Jaspal Jandu, CEO of LCI, says: “This strategic partnership between LCI and Airbus signals our collective commitment to deliver long-term, sustainable capacity solutions to the market. The combination of Airbus’ long-standing expertise in business development, forecasting and planning, with LCI’s track record in leasing, investing and financial innovation, will enable us to sustainably address the multibillion dollar requirements of the market.”
 
Bruno Even, CEO of Airbus Helicopters, says: “LCI and Airbus have worked together in close cooperation for almost two decades. This new partnership is a natural elevation of this relationship and one that reflects our shared capabilities. Together with our partners, Airbus Helicopters is committed to delivering sustainable growth and innovation to its customers as they undertake their mission-critical work.” 
 
For more information, read: 


27 February

Breaking news! LCI and Airbus have today unveiled a collaboration agreement at Vertical Aviation International Heli Expo to jointly develop ecosystems for advanced air mobility (AAM). 
 
We will work with Airbus to support the development of new AAM solutions, and evaluate new commercial structures in areas including fleet, battery and charging network solutions. LCI will also become a key financial partner for Airbus’ Advanced Air Mobility projects around mission types such as emergency medical services and we will leverage our network to aid global take up and acceptance.
 
Jaspal Jandu, CEO of LCI, says: “Both LCI and Airbus take a holistic and pragmatic view of advanced air mobility, including vehicles and also infrastructure, financing, and network adoption. By combining our respective strengths, we will incubate and accelerate an entirely new generation of aviation.”
 
Balkiz Sarihan, CEO and Head of Urban Air Mobility at Airbus, says: “LCI’s combination of operational expertise, customer networks, and financial insights, complements Airbus’ technical innovation in flight technologies. Together, we will take concrete steps towards the co-creation of next generation AAM ecosystems and our decarbonisation roadmap.”
 
For more details, read:
 
Airbus Helicopters #collaboration #CityAirbusNextGen #AAM #HaiExpo24


26 February

Join LCI at the Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo 2024 in Anaheim, California (Booth #6938) 🚁

We’re looking forward to meeting valued partners from across the industry at this year’s Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo 2024, taking place at the Anaheim Convention Centre in California between the 26th and 29th of February. You can find us at Booth #6938.

Whether you are seeking proven solutions, exploring emerging technologies, or considering new finance angles, we encourage you to visit our booth and engage in discussions with our team.

Schedule a personalised meeting via: info@lciaviation.com

Look forward to seeing you there!


22 February

Breaking news! LCI has signed a framework agreement with Leonardo Helicopters for up to 21 of their latest generation aircraft. The agreement covers the AW169, AW139 and AW189 helicopters, which will be delivered through to 2028, collectively addressing industry renewal and replacement requirements.
 
The new helicopters will be aimed at a variety of missions including Emergency Medical Services, Search and Rescue, and offshore energy including wind, and will be strategically allocated between LCI and SMFL LCI Helicopters, LCI’s joint venture with Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Company, Limited (SMFL).
 
Jaspal Jandu, CEO of LCI, says: “We are extremely pleased to extend our deep and long-standing relationship with Leonardo. The helicopter market is seeking to review, renew and replenish capacity in a disciplined and pragmatic way. We want to help customers, operators and end-users to grow sustainably whilst using some of the most modern, efficient and technologically innovative helicopters in the skies.”
 
Stefano VILLANTI, SVP Marketing and Sales of Leonardo Helicopters, said: “We are delighted to strengthen our long-standing partnership with LCI as they continue to rely upon our technology to meet multiple requirements in the market. This will bring greater efficiency to LCI’s customers and help them reduce their environmental impact whilst offering significant performance enhancements.”
 
For more details, read: 
 
#Aviation #HelicopterLeasing #Sustainability


14 February

Join LCI at the Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo 2024 in Anaheim, California (Booth #6938) 🚁

We’re looking forward to meeting valued partners from across the industry at this year’s Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo 2024, taking place at the Anaheim Convention Centre in California between the 26th and 29th of February. You can find us at Booth #6938.

Whether you are seeking proven solutions, exploring emerging technologies, or considering new finance angles, we encourage you to visit our booth and engage in discussions with our team.

Schedule a personalised meeting via: info@lciaviation.com

Look forward to seeing you there!


7 February

We’re delighted to announce that Eric Sherlock is being promoted to General Counsel for LCI.

Eric has been with LCI for 6 years and moves up from his previous role as SVP Legal. 

Our COO Terri Foley, who previously also held the post of General Counsel, says: “Our congratulations to Eric. His elevation is testament to the highly effective legal and compliance role he has played across our purchase, finance, leasing and sale transactions. I am confident that, as LCI’s new General Counsel, he will ensure the highest of legal standards across our company.”

Eric joined LCI in 2018 as Legal Counsel. He holds a bachelor’s Business and Law degree from University College Dublin, and subsequently studied International Legal Studies at Georgetown University Law Center.

Congratulations to Eric!

#LCIaviation #avaition


1 February

We are proud to announce that LCI and Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Company, Limited (SMFL) have received the prestigious Airline Economics ‘Editor’s Deal of the Year for Innovation Award’ for their pioneering Social Loan Framework.

The award was received by LCI and SMFL at the 2024 Aviation 100 Awards, as part of the Airline Economics’ Annual Conference in Dublin.

The framework requires funds to be used for eligible and verified Social Projects, which in LCI’s case will include search and rescue and emergency medical services.

Alan O’Rourke, CFO of LCI said: “We are honoured to have received this prestigious award, and are delighted that the innovation and social impact we are bringing to the helicopter market is being recognised. This will help grow the use of sustainable finance in this very dynamic sector, and we look forward to driving forward the use of social loans with our partners across the banking sector.”

For more details, read:


23 November

LCI is taking flight next week at the Airline Economics Conference Dublin 2024!
 
All our senior management will be there including Jaspal JanduTerri FoleyAlan O’RourkeNigel Leishman and Eric Kataoka, and they look forward to connecting with industry peers, exploring new trends, and discussing our innovative solutions together.
 
We’re also looking forward to the Fireside Chat at the conference itself from George Logothetis, Executive Chairman of our shareholder, Libra Group. The chat is scheduled between 10.15am-10.45am on 30th January. You can find some interesting background thoughts here: https://lnkd.in/e3R-SsPU
 
Feel free to get in touch at info@lciaviation.com to organise a meeting with our team!


24 January

Breaking news! We have today launched a new independent advisory, consulting and research division, LCI Analytics. It is dedicated to delivering insights about mission critical rotorcraft and advanced air mobility operations in sectors such as energy, emergency medical services (EMS) and search and rescue (SAR). Read more here:
 
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.”
 
Follow LCI Analytics and their X page here: https://lnkd.in/erzZ-sAy
 
Read more here:


15 January

Our Chief Commercial Officer, Nigel Leishman, and our VP Marketing, Christopher Lloyd, will be attending the Wings India 2024 event in Hyderabad from 18-19 January. 
 
They’re looking forward to discussing the growth of the Indian aviation sector, opportunities for collaboration, and new innovations, while not forgetting the spectacular aircraft displays! 
 
If you’re attending, please get in touch at info@lciaviation.com to organise a meeting. 


3 January

A fantastic video to kick off the new year from Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service – Northern NSW!

This 2 minute video summarises 90,000 minutes worth of work to deliver vital, mission-critical services across the globe.

Watch it here: