Waypoint Leasing, DRF Luftrettung sign multi-aircraft purchase, leaseback agreement

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited has closed a multi-aircraft agreement with DRF Luftrettung for the purchase and leaseback of two Airbus H135P2 helicopters, the company said.

Both helicopters will operate in Germany, supporting civilian emergency medical services.

Since its inception in 2013, Waypoint has been active in supporting EMS and other parapublic helicopter operators. Waypoint´s EMS fleet has grown threefold over the last 12 months and is currently comprised of 15 helicopters, further complemented with a multi-year EMS order book of more than 60 firm and option positions, including AgustaWestland AW139s and AW169s and Airbus Helicopters H135T3/P3s and H145T2s.

Waypoint´s portfolio includes more than 120 aircraft for 16 customers in 27 countries with total assets in excess of USD1.5 billion. Additionally, Waypoint has firm and option orders with aircraft manufacturers for more than 125 helicopters valued at more than USD1.7 billion, to be delivered over the next five years.

Headquartered in Limerick, Ireland, Waypoint Leasing is a global helicopter leasing company that provides operating lease and financing solutions to helicopter operators worldwide. In addition to Ireland, Waypoint has offices in the United Kingdom, the United States, Singapore, and Brazil. Waypoint plans to open additional regional offices in Australia and South Africa in the second quarter of 2016.

DRF, founded in 1973, is the second largest non-profit provider of air rescue emergency medical services in Germany. With a fleet of more than 50 helicopters operating from a nationwide network of 29 operating bases -DRF is an integral component of the German EMS system.