San Francisco, 29 October 2013
Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing, the helicopter operating leasing business of Macquarie Group (“Macquarie”) (ASX: MQG; ADR: MQBKY), today agreed to acquire two S-92A™ and two S-76D™ helicopters from Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. Macquarie and Sikorsky also agreed to a number of options for additional S-92A and S-76D helicopters. These helicopters will be initially configured for the oil and gas service markets.
The purchase agreement was announced during the National Business Aviation Association Convention and Exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Stephen Cook, Global Head of Transportation Finance, Macquarie Group, said: “Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing's vision is to provide flexible, cost effective operating-leasing options tailored for our customers. Macquarie's acquisition of these Sikorsky helicopters serves to reaffirm our strong financial commitment to our rotorcraft customers in the oil and gas sector. The acquisition will provide customers with access to a portfolio of new helicopters and the flexibility of multiple sale and leaseback options, in addition to electing to lease pre-owned helicopters."