February 7, 2022
Milestone Completes Aramco’s Helicopter Fleet Renewal Program
DUBLIN – February 7, 2022 – The Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), the global leader in helicopter leasing, is pleased to announce that it has successfully completed the final delivery of the medium helicopter fleet renewal program for Aramco Overseas Company, a subsidiary of Saudi Aramco (“Aramco”), a fully integrated, global petroleum and chemicals enterprise.
Milestone recently delivered the last unit of the 21 factory-new, highly specified Leonardo AW139 helicopters, which were first announced in July 2018. The deal also included five brand new Airbus H145 helicopters, delivered in 2019. In addition, Aramco has also extended leases of two more AW139 helicopters, truly demonstrating the success of the leasing concept, as well as the strong relationship between the two companies.
Claire Brugirard, Vice President Commercial - Africa & Middle East at Milestone, said, “We are extremely grateful for the trust placed in our services and for the excellent collaboration with Aramco. Thanks to our financial strength and technical expertise, our team was able to continue deliveries throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, overcoming some of the most challenging circumstances. Aramco’s commitment to this fleet renewal program is a testament to the benefits of leasing and we are incredibly proud to support them in their oil and gas missions across Saudi Arabia.”
Aramco awarded the medium and light twin fleet renewal contract to Milestone after a competitive tender process in 2018, with aircraft deliveries spread over a multi-year period. Milestone’s relationship with Aramco began in 2016 with the lease of three AW139s and has continued to grow ever since.
Milestone Aviation Group, an AerCap company, is the world’s leading helicopter leasing and financing company. Milestone partners with helicopter operators worldwide, providing a wide array of financial and productivity solutions, including operating leases, purchase/leasebacks, secured debt financing, engine leasing and fleet advisory. The company supports over 40 customers in more than 35 countries serving a variety of industries, including offshore oil and gas, search and rescue, emergency medical services, police surveillance, mining and other utility missions. www.milestoneaviation.com
Aramco, headquartered in the city of Dhahran, is one of the world’s largest integrated energy and chemicals companies; its Upstream operations are primarily based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia while the Downstream business is global. www.aramco.com
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