Airbus Helicopters and Waypoint Leasing (Ireland), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, announced at Heli-Expo that Waypoint has committed to acquiring an additional 16 Airbus rotorcraft, adding to their fleet of more than 140 aircraft, 45 of which are manufactured by Airbus Helicopters.

The agreement, for more than €100m, covers the purchase of 16 aircraft including supplementary H135s and H145s and adding the H175 for the first time to Waypoint’s fleet. Waypoint will primarily lease the H135s and H145s to operators performing EMS and utility missions worldwide, while the H175 will be available for oil and gas, search and rescue and public service missions. Prior to the Heli-Expo announcement, Waypoint had firm commitments for 26 H135s and H145 from Airbus.

“We are pleased to be growing our fleet with 16 new Airbus helicopters, including the H175, a cost-effective and reliable helicopter,” said Ed Washecka, Chief Executive Officer of Waypoint Leasing. “We are beginning to see sustained demand for heavy aircraft in the market, while at the same time recognising and responding to the growing demand for interest in ‘Super Medium’ aircraft that are well-suited for a wide range of missions.”

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