Monday 11 December 2017

Starlite increases fleet by four in $100m deal

Colm Kelpie

Colm Kelpie

IReland-based Starlite Aviation has signed a $100m (€72m) deal with Airbus Helicopters to receive four new aircraft over a period of two to three years.

The acquisitions, which will be financed by Deutsche Bank, are part of Starlite Aviation's fleet renewal and expansion programme.

The company is about to take delivery of a second new Super Puma S331 C1e helicopter, with a further two on order to be delivered in December.

Established in Ireland in 2008, Starlite Aviation Group specialises in the supply of helicopters on both long- and short-term contracts to international clients such as the European Union, the United Nations, NGOs, and various other government bodies.

Starlite Aviation's first C1e was deployed to Kosovo as part of helicopter support services for the European Union Rule of Law Mission (EULEX).

The company's second C1e helicopter is due to be deployed in support of operations for the European Union Training Mission (EUTM) in Mali.

Company director Alan O'Neill said that the company places great faith in Airbus helicopters.

"We know that this aircraft is well suited for what Starlite does," Mr O'Neill said.

"Starlite Aviation have operated Puma helicopters in some of the most challenging environments, operating on four continents for over 13 years."

Irish Independent

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