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 aerial work and transportation services, the company said.
The Waypoint MUH will primarily focus on enhancing the performance of older “short nose” model AW139s through significant empty weight reduction and mission-specific modular equipment installations, thereby allowing the repurposed aircraft to operate with more payload capability, and increased range and greater flexibility. The significant pool of early vintage short-nose models are ideally suited for the high performance needs of utility end-users, in addition to the work they currently support.
Since its inception in 2013, Waypoint has been active in supporting oil and gas, utility, firefighting and other industrial-focused helicopter operators. Waypoint´s portfolio includes more than 140 aircraft for 28 customers in 30 countries with total assets in excess of USD 1.6bn. Additionally, Waypoint has firm and option orders with aircraft manufacturers for more than 110 helicopters valued at more than USD 1.3bn, to be delivered over the next five years.
Headquartered in Limerick, Ireland, Waypoint is a global helicopter leasing company that provides operating lease and financing solutions to helicopter operators worldwide. It has offices in London, the United States, Canada, Singapore, Brazil, South Africa, and Australia.
Eagle provides its global customer base with a range of helicopters, helicopter support, and customization solutions.