Milestone Signs Lease Agreements with Líder Aviação for a Sikorsky S-92 Helicopter

ANAHEIM, CA – February 26, 2024 – The Milestone Aviation Group Limited (“Milestone”), the global leader in helicopter leasing, today announced that it has signed a lease agreement with Brazilian offshore operator, Líder Aviação (“Líder”), for a Sikorsky S-92 helicopter.

The S-92 helicopter is configured for offshore passenger transport and will support Líder’s operations for Brazil’s national oil company, Petrobras. The aircraft is scheduled to deliver in the coming months and will be deployed on long-range missions to ‘pre-salt’ oil regions across Brazil. This is the second aircraft to go on lease to Líder from Milestone, as they currently operate a Leonardo AW139 helicopter.

Sébastien Moulin, the Head of Europe & Americas, Milestone Aviation, said, “Milestone is delighted to support the growth of Líder’s offshore operations with the lease of this S-92 helicopter. The Brazilian offshore industry continues to be one of the most dynamic markets for offshore helicopter passenger transport and the advanced capabilities and operational standards of the S-92 mean that it is well-suited to support such missions.”

“Líder is proud to have been the pioneer of S-92 operations in Brazil, having first introduced the aircraft more than 15 years ago,” says Junia Hermont, CEO of Líder. “In 2024, we will expand our fleet by six aircraft through operating leases, one of which will be the S-92 from Milestone. We thank Milestone for their valuable partnership, and we remain committed to providing the best support for the growth of the oil and gas industry in the country."

About Milestone

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 approximately 50 customers in approximately 35 countries serving a variety of industries, including offshore oil and gas, search and rescue, emergency medical services, police surveillance, mining, fire-fighting, and other utility missions.

About AerCap

AerCap is the global leader in aviation leasing with one of the most attractive order books in the industry. AerCap serves approximately 300 customers around the world with comprehensive fleet solutions. AerCap is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (AER) and is based in Dublin with offices in Shannon, Miami, Singapore, Memphis, Amsterdam, Shanghai, Dubai, Seattle, Toulouse and other locations around the world.

About Líder Aviação

Líder Aviação is the largest executive aviation company in Latin America. Founded 65 years ago, Líder has more than 1,300 employees and a fleet of more than 50 aircraft, operating in five business units: aircraft charter; airport services; aircraft sales and acquisitions; maintenance services; helicopter operations for the oil and gas industry. Prominent in the Brazilian offshore market for its pioneering spirit and for having a diverse fleet that includes the S-92, S-76, H-135, H-145, AW-139 and Bell 212 models. With a presence in 21 operational bases in the main Brazilian airports, it has a bilingual team working 24/7 and constantly trained to provide all services with safety, agility and quality. Líder also offers aviation insurance brokerage services, flight simulator training and helicopter blade repairs. Visit

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