Waypoint in the News

June 19, 2017

Waypoint Leasing announced on 15 June that it has secured financial support for its aircraft order programme, as demand for the H225 and S-76 strengthens. While the market ‘still has a long way to go to get back to where it was’, said Ed Washecka, CEO of Waypoint, he told Shephard that the outlook was…
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May 12, 2017

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…
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March 8, 2017

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited, an independent global helicopter leasing company, has entered into a lease agreement with Shanghai Skyway General Aviation Company, a provider of helicopter transportation and related support services in China, for one new Airbus H135 helicopter, which will be used for emergency medical services, the company said. Separately, Waypoint announced that it…
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March 8, 2017

Airbus Helicopters has announced new orders at Heli-Expo 2017 from two major helicopter leasing companies. Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited has committed to acquiring an additional 16 Airbus rotorcraft, adding to their fleet of more than 140 aircraft, 45 of which are manufactured by Airbus Helicopters. The agreement, for more than €100m, covers 16 aircraft including…
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March 8, 2017

By Gulli Arnason Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited (“Waypoint”), in technical partnership with Eagle, a leading global helicopter solutions provider, has established an aircraft reconfiguration program, the Waypoint Medium Utility Helicopter (“MUH”) for legacy AW139 variants for use in support of a range of utility mission areas, including: firefighting, light EMS/SAR, mining, powerline support, and general…
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March 8, 2017

Waypoint Leasing has committed to acquiring an additional 16 Airbus rotorcraft, adding to their fleet of more than 140 aircraft, 45 of which are manufactured by Airbus Helicopters. The agreement, for more than €100m, covers the purchase of 16 aircraft including supplementary H135s and H145s and adding the H175 for the first time to Waypoint’s…
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March 8, 2017

By Terry Spruce Waypoint Leasing and Eagle have introduced a new reconfiguration program for existing AW139 helicopters. The new Waypoint Medium Utility Helicopter (MUH) reduces the empty weight of the helicopter, as well as adding modular equipment for mission specific roles. The MUH is targeting firefighting, light EMS/SAR, mining, powerline support roles. “This innovative program…
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March 8, 2017

By Beth Maundrill New and emerging markets are being explored by the helicopter industry with Waypoint Leasing making its first transactions in the Chinese market. The company announced during Heli-Expo 2017 that it has a lease agreement with Shanghai Skyway General Aviation Company as well as an agreement to lease an Airbus AS350 B3 helicopter…
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March 8, 2017

By Charles Alcock Waypoint Leasing announced new helicopter leasing deals in China, South Africa and Indonesia. The company now has more than 28 lessees in 30 countries, operating a fleet of more than 140 aircraft. In China, Waypoint entered a lease agreement with Shanghai Skyway General Aviation for a new Airbus H135. Shanghai Skyway plans…
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March 8, 2017

By Charles Alcock Waypoint Leasing this week launched a partnership with helicopter maintenance and support group Eagle to provide asset management services. The new Global Asset Management Services offering will help third-party helicopter owners, such as banks and other financial institutions, to more efficiently manage these assets. According to Waypoint, the new services will be useful…
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March 8, 2017

By Rudy Ruitenberg Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Ltd. to buy 16 Airbus helicopters, adding to existing fleet, Airbus says in e-mailed statement. Waypoint will buy additional H135 and H145 models, as well as H175 model for the first time Waypoint will mainly lease H135, H145 aircraft to operators performing emergency medical services, utility missions; H175 will…
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March 7, 2017

By Beth Maundrill New and emerging markets are being explored by the helicopter industry with Waypoint Leasing making its first transactions in the Chinese market. The company announced during Heli-Expo 2017 that it has a lease agreement with Shanghai Skyway General Aviation Company as well as an agreement to lease an Airbus AS350 B3 helicopter from its existing…
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December 22, 2016

In the business aviation sector, helicopter operators have been hit especially hard by the current struggles of the global oil and gas industry. Many operators have chosen therefore to reduce risks by leasing helicopters, instead of tying up capital resources and taking on even greater risks by purchasing one. In choosing a leasing company, it…
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November 22, 2016

Ian Gurekian, Chief Risk Officer at Waypoint Leasing, shares his view on the current downturn in the market “History does not repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” – This familiar quote, frequently attributed to Mark Twain, is a worthwhile reminder that cyclical industries tend to remain cyclical and that the various phases of our business…
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October 13, 2016

Irish-based lessor announces two separate deals for former CHC craft The Irish Times By Barry O’Halloran Irish-based Waypoint Leasing has agreed two deals to lease helicopters that formerly belonged to troubled operator, CHC, to separate companies working in the oil and gas industry. Waypoint said on Tuesday that it has agreed to provide one Leonardo…
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May 17, 2016

Arabian Aerospace By Michael Savva May 2016  When two of the helicopter industry’s most notable individuals got together to discuss financing, the conversation was always likely to be lively and wide-ranging. Michael Savva, who chaired the ‘financing rotary assets’ panel session at the Corporate Jet & Helicopter Investor Dubai event, gave this report for Arabian…
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March 21, 2016

By Jeremy Parkin March 2, 2016 Bristow has completed a sale-and-leaseback with Waypoint leasing. The deal covers three AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters. All three helicopters will operate offshore on long-term contracts in Guyana in crew change and limited SAR roles. “We are pleased to announce yet another lease transaction with Bristow, and appreciate the opportunity to…
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March 11, 2016

Das Leasing von Hubschraubern bietet zusätzliche Flexibilität, unsere Flotte zu optimieren und zu finanzieren. Waypoint hat sich in dieser Hinsicht als sehr wertvoller Partner erwiesen“, so  Dr. Hans Eyrich, Geschäftsführer der DRF, auf der Heli-Expo. Für Waypoint, nach eigener Aussage die größte unabhängige Hubschrauber-Leasingfirma der Welt, bedeutet das Geschäft mit der DRF eine weitere Expansion…
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March 7, 2016

Earlier this year, Waypoint Leasing opened a new office in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, expanding the helicopter leasing company’s support not only for the challenging Brazil oil-and-gas market but also for all of Latin America, according to Steffen Bay, vice president of marketing and sales. “We have a significant business in Brazil,” he told AIN.…
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October 21, 2015

Waypoint Leasing today announced orders and commitments for up to 38 new rotorcraft at the Helitech show in London. In a deal agreed with Airbus Helicopters, the Ireland-based company signed to buy up to 20 H135 singles over the next three years, making it the first lessor to offer the type in its portfolio. Firming…
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September 10, 2015

Waypoint Leasing, one of the world’s largest global helicopter lessors, has completed a note issuance of US$200 million senior secured notes – its first venture into the capital markets. The company tells Aviation Finance that it will use the proceeds to fund continued expansion and to free up further capacity under its existing secured revolving…
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July 15, 2015

With under three months to go until Helitech International 2015 opens its doors between 6 – 8 October at ExCeL London, the event is set to provide the global rotary wing sector with an impressive showcase of helicopter platforms, systems, components and services. At present, 21 countries will be represented by a broad mix of…
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June 24, 2015

Waypoint Leasing reached a lease agreement with South Africa-based Titan Helicopter Group for two helicopters. Titan will take delivery of a new AgustaWestland AW139 through Waypoint’s order book. The agreement also covers the purchase and leaseback of a Sikorsky S-76C+. Titan will operate the helicopters for offshore crew change support in South Africa and Namibia. The agreement is…
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April 22, 2015

Waypoint Leasing has now has more than 100 helicopters that are on lease to 13 customers. This milestone was reached less than 24 months from the launch of the company. Waypoint also raised a further $185 million in the first quarter of 2015 through three debt facilities, including the company’s first unsecured loan. The company…
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April 14, 2015

Helicopter leasing group Waypoint Leasing announced the opening of its new office in Singapore as part of a plan to expand its presence in the Asia Pacific region. To date, the Ireland-based group has delivered nine aircraft to several operators across the region, including Bond Helicopters in Australia, Hevilift and National Utility Helicopters. Waypoint views Australia,…
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March 26, 2015

Deal brings total financing to $1.7 billion Helicopter leasing specialist, Waypoint, has agreed a five-year, $85 million loan with Deutsche Bank in a move that has brought its total capital to $1.7 billion. Limerick- and US-based Waypoint confirmed on Wednesday that it has closed on the five-year $85 million facility with lead lender, Deutsche Bank.…
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March 9, 2015

Orlando, Florida – Officials from Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., have announced that Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Ltd. has signed a letter of intent (LOI) to acquire 20 Bell 525 Relentless helicopters with options for additional aircraft. Waypoint Leasing provides operating lease and financing solutions to helicopter operators worldwide. Headquartered in Limerick,…
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November 14, 2014

Waypoint Leasing last week further cemented its place as the second largest helicopter leasing company by acquiring 31 helicopters from First Reserve. The transaction was called Project Hover. The portfolio consist of 18 AgustaWestland AW139s, 11 Sikorsky S-92s and two Sikorsky S76C++ aircraft that First Reserve had financed for CHC using export credit during the…
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November 5, 2014

Helicopter lessor Waypoint Leasing has secured a $75 million increase in the equity commitment from its sponsors: funds affiliated with Cartesian Capital Group, MSD Capital and Soros Fund Management. The increase raises its total equity commitment to $450 million. Waypoint has also reached an agreement to expand its fleet by 31 units to 80 aircraft.…
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November 4, 2014

Waypoint Leasing LLC, the helicopter lessor backed by billionaires George Soros and Michael Dell, agreed to buy 31 aircraft valued at more than $400 million to meet growing demand for the vehicles in offshore oil and gas exploration. The acquisition almost doubles the size of Limerick, Ireland-based Waypoint and comes less than a month after…
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October 15, 2014

Limerick company backed by Soros family has fleet worth more than $500m Waypoint will lease two Sikorsky S-92s and two Agusta Westland AW139s Limerick-based helicopter financier, Waypoint Leasing, has agreed deals to supply four craft to two clients. Waypoint, whose helicopter fleet is valued at more than $500 million, has agreed to lease two Agusta…
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September 23, 2014

Why do helicopters tend to maintain high residual values? First, I would say “good,” not “high” when discussing residual values.  Second, aircraft values do change over time, and some aircraft types change more rapidly than others, sometimes due to mission equipment and other times due to demand for the particular aircraft.  Assuming continued demand, what…
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June 26, 2014

Robert Van de Vuurst, Waypoint Leasing LLC’s General counsel was nominated and elected to be a Full Member of the HAI Finance & Leasing Committee effective July 1, 2014.

May 22, 2014

Waypoint Leasing closes its first term loan in order to refinance its existing helicopter fleet. Corporate Jet Investor By Sophie Segal 22 May 2014 Waypoint Leasing, an Irish-based helicopter lessor, closed a five-year $72.5 million term loan last week. The deal is the company’s first term loan since it launched in 2013 and the funds…
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May 15, 2014

Waypoint CEO: Helicopter Leasing Market Growing Faster Than Anticipated Rotor & Wing By Andrew Parker 13 May 2014 Limerick, Ireland-based Waypoint Leasing has closed on a five-year term loan facility with a Goldman Sachs-led group. The helicopter lessor will use the funding to refinance six existing helicopters under Waypoint’s $385 million revolving credit facility, consisting…
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February 5, 2014

Leasing Spurs Helo Sales Source : AIN By Thierry Dubois and Mark Huber February 2013 The rarefied deepwater oil and gas market has spawned new players and big deals in the helicopter operating leasing market, but to date these transactions have largely been confined to medium and large helicopters. What will be the impact of…
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December 13, 2013

Waypoint Leasing receives two EC225 helicopters Source : RotorHub Marignane, France – December 2013 Waypoint Leasing has taken delivery of two EC225 helicopters from Eurocopter at the Eurocopter Marignane production facility in France. The aircraft will be provided to Avincis Group’s subsidiary, Bond Helicopters Australia, under a sale and lease back agreement. Bond Helicopters will use…
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November 18, 2013

Source: Irish Times Limerick, Ireland – November 2013 Chief executive warns sector becoming too crowded  Waypoint Leasing, a seven-month old Limerick-based helicopter leasing company backed by successful financier George Soros, plans to treble its workforce in Ireland next year as it begins to deploy the $700 million-plus in equity and debt funding that it has…
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November 14, 2013

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November 14, 2013

Source: Corporate Jet Investor Limerick, Ireland  – November 2013 – Waypoint Leasing has closed a five-year $335 million revolving credit facility. The funds, which can be drawn down in euros, will be used to purchase assets to expand Waypoint’s helicopter fleet. The facility also has an accordion feature that allows the deal to be upsized to…
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September 25, 2013

Helitech 2013, London, UK – September 2013 – Waypoint Leasing and Eurocopter sign an agreement at Helitech 2013 in London to establish a commercial and marketing partnership for helicopter leasing. Eurocopter has signed an agreement enabling Waypoint Leasing to offer its client base the full capabilities of Eurocopter’s Parts-by-the-Hour (PBH) support services. “This marks a…
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July 23, 2013

Waypoint Leasing founder Ed Washecka’s route into the suddenly booming helicopter leasing business began in 2004. Era Helicopters is one of the world’s largest helicopter operators, but back then it was a financially over-leveraged mess that was losing money. It was Washecka’s job to turn the business around, and that meant finding a way to…
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June 12, 2013

A Waypoint, empresa irlandesa recém-criada para leasing de helicópteros, pretende investir ao menos US$ 100 milhões no Brasil nos próximos meses. Seu objetivo é oferecer soluções financeiras para operadores de helicópteros de grande porte, que custam entre US$ 15 milhões e US$ 30 milhões, usados principalmente no setor de óleo e gás.   A companhia…
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June 12, 2013

Something akin to a revolution is taking place in the helicopter industry. And it isn’t a particularly subtle one. Just a few short months ago, at Helicopter Association International’s Heli-Expo 2013 in Las Vegas, Nev., the helicopter leasing business had a very public coming of age. The big headlines at the show were not made…
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June 11, 2013

Waypoint Holdings Ltd., the holding company for Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Ltd., a helicopter leasing company, has secured $375 million of equity growth capital from funds affiliated with MSD Capital LP, Soros Fund Management LLC, and Cartesian Capital Group. The investments will be used to drive the expansion of Waypoint’s helicopter leasing operations worldwide as the…
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May 25, 2013

At an investor analyst day in April, Bristow Group disclosed that it had 15 bids to lease helicopters for the take over of the UK’s Search and Rescue (SAR) operations. The contract is worth over $3 billion and includes assets totaling about $600 million. Bristow announced that it had signed a letter of intent with…
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May 6, 2013

After one year of meetings with almost 30 different financiers, Waypoint Leasing has raised $375 million from three backers to launch as a helicopter operating lessor. The final investor group consists of MSD Capital, Soros Fund Management and Cartesian Capital Group and the equity will be used to buy helicopters to lease to operators. “For…
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May 5, 2013

The funds of two of the world’s highest-profile individual investors – Michael Dell and George Soros – are betting on future high levels of offshore oil production by investing hundreds of millions of dollars in a helicopter leasing company. Waypoint Leasing is one of only two significant lessors of helicopters, alongside Ireland’s Milestone Aviation, and…
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March 6, 2013

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that it has signed a multi-year multi-aircraft agreement with Waypoint Leasing LLC (“Waypoint”) for GrandNew, AW169, AW139 and AW189 helicopters. The agreement signed today at Heli-Expo by Ed Washecka, Waypoint Leasing’s CEO, and Emilio Dalmasso, AgustaWestland’s Senior VP Commercial Business, includes an initial firm contract for four…
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