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Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (Waypoint), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, announced that it has delivered a Sikorsky S-92 and S-76C++ to Omni Taxi Aero (OTA) to be used in support of charter contracts within the offshore oil-and-gas sector in Brazil. Both aircraft were previously operated by CHC and returned as part of CHC’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.
“We’ve known OTA for many years and are pleased to complete another transaction with a terrific regional operator,” said Steffen Bay, vice president of sales and relationship management for Latin America. “OTA’s resilience and continued demand for offshore-equipped aircraft is a testament to the company and improving market conditions in Latin America. As the recovery continues to gain traction, we look forward to working alongside OTA to support its growth and help the company meet its financial and operational objectives.”
“This is another great example of Waypoint’s successful remarketing efforts, and we have been encouraged by emerging signs of an energy recovery in Brazil and increasing demand for these aircraft globally,” said Clark McGinn, senior vice president of sales and relationship management.
“Waypoint has been a trusted partner for years and we continue to work with them for their technical expertise, operational perspective and flexible lease offerings,” said Rui Almeida, president of OTA. “These aircraft are highly sought after in Brazil and we are pleased to have taken delivery of them seamlessly through our relationship with Waypoint.”
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 145 aircraft for 29 customers in 31 countries with total assets in excess of $1.6 billion.
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.