LCI has announced that it has placed three AW169s on long-term lease to Alidaunia. All of the aircraft were delivered new direct from Leonardo and are valued at over US$30m.
Two of the AW169s support Alidaunia’s EMS contract with the Italian region of Campania, operating 365 days a year from two bases at Naples and Salerno, the former 24 hours a day. The third AW169 is also based in southern Italy, providing backup support to the Alidaunia AW169 fleet – mostly in Campania and Puglia.
Commenting on the leases, Nigel Leishman, Chief Commercial Officer of LCI, said: “Supporting mission-critical EMS operations is an integral part of our ethos, and we are thrilled to be underpinning Alidaunia’s vital work in southern Italy with these proven new helicopters. The initial ‘golden hour’ is vital in critical conditions, and helicopters have the unique combination of speed, range and access to meet this demanding medical requirement.”
LCI has more than 50 helicopters on lease that were delivered new from the factory.