LCI to Provide Helicopters to Weststar Aviation Services for Offshore Operation
- LCI expands fleet with lease agreement and delivers two offshore-equipped AW139 helicopters
Lease Corporation International (LCI) announces its delivery of two AgustaWestland helicopters to Malaysian operator Weststar Aviation Services in a long-term lease. The new AW139 helicopters, valued at over $30 million, will be initially operated under contract to Tullow Oil. They have both been delivered this week.
The two AW139 helicopters will be used to support Tullow Oil’s offshore operations off the west coast of Africa.
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The aircraft are additional to the order announced by LCI in 2012 valued at approximately US$400 million for new AgustaWestland AW139, AW169 and AW189 helicopters, deliveries of which are already in progress. LCI’s helicopter fleet now exceeds 40 either delivered or on order.
Michael Platt, LCI’s Chief Executive Officer, says: “We’re delighted to be able to help Weststar expand its services overseas with our new generation AgustaWestland helicopters. By leasing these brand new helicopters Weststar is able to respond quickly to their customers’ requirements and do so on attractive financial terms.”
Weststar Aviation Services is the largest provider of offshore helicopter services in Asia and already operates fourteen AW139 helicopters for major oil and gas companies. The contract with Tullow Oil in Mauritania marks the beginning of an international expansion.
Tan Sri Muhammad Ismail, CEO of Weststar Aviation Services, says: “LCI were a supportive and important partner in the provision of these helicopters. They were able to respond rapidly to our needs and give us access to the right technology on terms that suited this offshore deployment.”
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Source : Lease Corporation International