Limerick, Ireland – [March 30, 2017] – Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), the world's largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced a technical partnership with Eagle to establish an aircraft reconfiguration and repurpose program, the Waypoint Medium Utility Helicopter (“MUH”) for legacy AW139 variants for use in support of a range of utility mission areas, including: firefighting, light EMS/SAR, mining, powerline support, and general aerial work and transportation services.
The Waypoint MUH willprimarily focus on enhancing the performance of older “short nose” model AW139s through significant empty weight reduction and mission-specific modular equipment installations, thereby allowing the repurposed aircraft to operate with more payload capability, increased range and greater flexibility. The significant pool of early vintage short-nose models are ideally suited for the high performance needs of utility end-users, in addition to the work they currently support.
“This innovative program is another example of Waypoint’s ability to differentiate itself in the market and broaden our service offerings to meet the increased demands of utility customers around the world,” said David Gorsky, Waypoint’s Senior Vice President, Operations & Technical. “The AW139 is an exceptional, versatile aircraft, and we believe that the effective reconfiguration of legacy models will significantly enhance its operational capabilities and performance across an array of utility missions.”
“Reconfiguring an aircraft traditionally used for oil and gas to meet the growing demand for a range of utility missions underscores the aircraft’s versatility and Waypoint’s ability to listen to our customers and provide creative and flexible solutions to meet their needs,” added Clark McGinn, Waypoint’s Senior Vice President, Sales & Relationship Management. “Keeping aircraft operating in secondary missions ultimately brings down costs for the entire industry. We look forward to collaborating with Eagle on this program to redefine what’s possible for an independent, operator-focused lessor such as Waypoint.”
“The MUH program allows us to harness Waypoint’s technical expertise with our extensive overhaul know-how to provide utility operators with repurposed AW139s capable of operating in the most extreme conditions and environments,” said Mike O’Reilly, Chairman of Eagle. “We look forward to customising these aircraft as a cost-effective solution to address market demand for utility-enabled machines and expand our offerings within Waypoint’s Global Asset Management Services business.”
Since its inception in 2013, Waypoint has been active in supporting oil and gas, utility, firefighting and other industrial-focused helicopter operators. Waypoint’s portfolio includes more than 140 aircraft for 28 customers in 30 countries with total assets in excess of $1.6billion. Additionally, Waypoint has firm and option orders with aircraft manufacturers for more than 110 helicopters valued at more than $1.3 billion, to be delivered over the next five years.
Waypoint is a global helicopter leasing company that provides operating lease and financing solutions to helicopter operators worldwide. Headquartered in Limerick, Ireland, Waypoint differentiates itself with a senior management team that has direct helicopter operating and leasing experience in key helicopter markets around the world, having leased helicopters across Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America. Waypoint serves a wide range of sectors including oil and gas, emergency medical service, search and rescue, firefighting and governmental support. In addition to Ireland, Waypoint has offices in London, the United States, Canada, Singapore, Brazil, South Africa, and Australia. Further information is available at www.waypointleasing.com.
Eagle provides its global customer base with an unparalleled range of helicopters, helicopter support, and customisation solutions. Historically specializing in Bell medium utility helicopters and headquartered in Calgary, Canada, Eagle has been providing complete fleet management support to operators since 1975. Since then, they have cultivated an international network of affiliates within North America, South America, and Australia. Eagle’s highly experienced team does what it takes to guarantee access to helicopters, parts, MRO, airframe upgrades, logistics, customisation and digital audio control systems when and where they are needed, anywhere in the world.Learn more by visiting www.eaglecopters.com.