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Milestone Aviation, July 14, 2021 - Dublin, Ireland – Milestone Aviation Group Limited has signed a Purchase/Leaseback (PLB) arrangement for a AW169 helicopter with Belgian-based operator, NHV Group, a leading provider of B2B helicopter services.
The AW169 helicopter delivered earlier this month will support missions in the UK for Italian oil and gas company, ENI. It will be based in Blackpool, United Kingdom.
Thomas Hütsch, Chief Operating Officer at NHV, said, “We are delighted to expand our fleet with the delivery of this AW169 helicopter from Milestone. Our diverse offshore fleet has an average age of just nine years, one of the youngest in the industry, and this aircraft will enable us to continue delivering flexible and customer-friendly, but above all safe operations, using the latest technology helicopter. We have worked with Milestone for more than eight years and the team has been an important part of our journey, supporting us with their extensive expertise and guidance along the way.”
François Arnaud, SVP Commercial Europe and Latin America at Milestone, said, “This is an exciting deal for Milestone as it marks our ninth aircraft with NHV and our first AW169 delivery to NHV. It is also our second deal announcement with them this year. We are proud to continue building our strong partnership with NHV as a trusted leasing advisor.”
Milestone already leases eight aircraft to NHV, deployed across a variety of missions including oil and gas, EMS, windfarm operations, and military training, including two each of AW139, EC145C2, H145T2, and H145D3 helicopters.
About Milestone Aviation Group: Milestone Aviation Group, a GE Capital Aviation Services company, is the world’s leading helicopter leasing and financing company. Milestone has a fleet of helicopters worth over US $4.0 billion plus a loan portfolio and debt commitments of approximately $400 million.
The company has a forward order book of firm and option aircraft with an estimated aggregate purchase price in excess of US $3 billion. Milestone partners with helicopter operators worldwide, providing a wide array of financial and productivity solutions, including operating leases, purchase/leasebacks, secured debt financing, engine leasing and fleet advisory.
The company supports over 35 customers in more than 30 countries serving a variety of industries, including offshore oil and gas, search and rescue, emergency medical services, police surveillance, mining and other utility missions.