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Helicopters can move through many owners, missions, and locations in their operational lifetimes. The key for buyers of pre-owned helicopters is to find the aircraft they need at the right price, and to have these aircraft reconfigured to these new owners’ particular needs and locations in a timely and cost-effective manner.
With offices in New York, Dublin, Monaco, and Singapore, Avinco is the expert in making such deals happen for pre-owned helicopters and their owners. It is a worldwide aircraft trading and asset management company–one that bridges the gap between aircraft sellers and purchasers.
“Our specialty lies in finding the right helicopters for our purchasing clients, and then reconfiguring them precisely for their needs,” said François Gautier, Avinco’s chief executive officer.
“For instance, we recently placed an EC145 [H145] that was configured for VIP transport in Monaco. Our U.S. office sold the helicopter to a hospital in the United States showing our ability to move assets from one segment to another and from one continent to another.
“The HEMS [helicopter emergency medical services] operator got a mission-ready pre-owned helicopter in pristine condition, much faster and at a far lower price than if they had bought new.”
Avinco can also help out when a helicopter operator/financier suddenly has to dispose a large fleet. A case in point: when the oil-and-gas helicopter transport carrier CHC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, pointing to the decline in oil prices and “general uncertainty” in the energy market, Avinco was awarded a contract to recover and resell a fleet of 21 CHC Airbus H225 Super Pumas and one EC155/H155 Dauphin.
“Avinco faces an unrivalled and exciting challenge with this contract,” said Gautier. “Finding new homes for these aircraft will take creativity and good use of our worldwide network and presence, and knowledge of all helicopter operations. But we are confident we can take up the challenge and assist our customers in finding new owners and missions for these helicopters.”
Since the beginning of its helicopter activity in 2006, Avinco has placed more than 300 helicopters, and 2016 deals totaled more than $54 million worth of assets.
This company also offers large commercial aircraft placement, investment and lease management services. Avinco currently manages a portfolio of 14 leased aircraft and has successfully placed over 140 commercial jets to date.
“All told, Avinco is adept at economically bridging the gap between aircraft sellers, buyers, lessors and lessees,” said Gautier. “Rather than pay a premium to buy new, contact us for a deal that offers optimal value at the right time.”
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