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Airbus signs order with LCI and SMFL for 21 helicopters

May 23, 2024  By Helicopters Staff

Airbus Helicopters and Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Company Limited (SMFL), have announced an order for up to 21 new helicopters.

The new order from LCI and SMFL’s joint venture leasing operation, SMFL LCI Helicopters (SMFLH), consists of 14 firm orders plus seven options. It is made up of a mix of light twin H145, medium twin H160 and super medium H175 helicopters.

Airbus explains the new helicopters will be delivered through to 2028 and will be aimed at a variety of operating segments such as emergency medical services (EMS), search and rescue (SAR), and offshore energy, including wind.

“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,” said Jaspal Jandu, CEO of LCI.


LCI and SMFL’s combined fleet currently includes over 40 Airbus helicopters. They are deployed by 12 operators in over 10 countries across the globe on a range of missions including EMS, SAR and offshore wind.


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