Helicopter Leasing Sector Timeline By Corporate Jet Investor
Since 2010 we have seen the launch of many new specialist helicopter leasing companies – including Milestone Aviation Group, Waypoint Leasing, Lobo Leasing, Lease Corporation International, Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing and others.
Operating leases have been a popular source of finance for helicopter operators for many years. However, they were typically offered by banks and large equipment finance companies – or by operators like Era Group themselves. Since Milestone Aviation Group’s establishment in 2010, the industry has witnessed a new wave of dedicated helicopter leasing companies.
This timeline gives the story so far. Source: www.helicopterinvestor.com
Milestone adds its 79th Sikorsy 2-92 aircraft. This means the leasing company now owns more than 30% of S-92s.
Macquarie completes the acquisition of Waypoint Leasing. Banks chose to keep some of the assets. Lease Corporation International is manager for a number of helicopters that do not go to Macquarie.
Macquarie agrees to buy Waypoint Leasing.
Waypoint Leasing files for Chapter 11. The Lessor was hit hard by the oil and gas downturn. CHC was its biggest customer.
2018 Operating Leasing League Table
Macquarie Rotorcraft(after acquiring Waypoint Leasing)
2017 Operating Leasing League Table
2014 Operating Leasing League Table
1. MilestonePortfolio at end of 2014: $2.8 billion Number of helicopters at end of 2014: 168 Orders and options: $3 billion (131 helicopters) Shareholder: GE Capital Aviation Services
2. Waypoint Leasing
3. (Joint) Lease Corporation International
3. (Joint) Macquarie Rotorcraft
5. Lobo Leasing
6. Amur Helicopter Services
7. Vector Aerospace
8. Infinity Leasing
The early days
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