Lobo Leasing, a leading global helicopter leasing company, announced today the closing of a sale and leaseback transaction for four AgustaWestland AW139 medium twin-engine helicopters with Portugal-based Omni Helicopters International S.A. (OHI). The helicopters are based in Brazil and operated by OHI affiliate Omni Taxi Aéreo. Working together, Lobo and OHI identified the sale and leaseback as a fast and efficient way for OHI to access needed growth capital from their existing fleet. The transaction further expands Lobo’s fleet presence in South America.
“All of us at Lobo are very pleased to be able to establish a relationship with such a well managed and reputable operator as Omni,” said Bill Wolf, Lobo’s Chief Executive Officer. “Given Omni’s high standards of safety, operating performance and market share, we are proud to add them to our growing portfolio.”
Pedro Doutel, Group Chief Financial Officer of OHI said, “We are very pleased to have established a new lessor relationship with Lobo Leasing. We were impressed by their knowledge of the industry and flexible commercial approach and it’s great to work with a team who share similar market vision and corporate values to our own.”
About Omni Helicopters International S.A. (OHI)
OHI is a financial holding company engaged in fleet management and financial investments in helicopter operators servicing the global offshore energy sector. OHI supports its local partners by providing access to aircraft and financial resources, as well as management backing in their pursuit of best practices industry-wide.
About Omni Táxi Aéro (OTA)
OMNI Táxi Aéreo S.A. was founded in September 2001 on the pillars of Quality, Health, Safety and Environment. OTA provides services to the largest companies in the oil and gas sector offering offshore and onshore air transport solutions all over Brazil, including air medical services and seismic support services. During the last two years, OTA’s managed fleet and net revenues have grown at CAGRs of 20% and 31%, respectively.