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CIT Provides Financing for Medical Transport Helicopters
Wednesday, January 12, 2022 09:00 AM

NEW YORK, Jan. 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- CIT, a division of First Citizens Bank, today announced that its Aerospace, Defense and Government business provided financing for seven leased helicopters managed by Thora Capital.

The helicopters, used for emergency medical transport services, are on long-term lease to Apollo Medflight, which provides emergency transport services on behalf of regional and community hospitals in six midwestern and southern states.

"The helicopters play a critical role in quickly and effectively transporting sick and injured patients to medical facilities with specific capabilities to treat their conditions," said Russell Christopher, Managing Director at Thora Capital. "We were pleased to leverage CIT's industry knowledge and expertise in this specialized sector to finance these assets."

"Thora Capital is well known throughout the industry as an experienced investor in helicopters and other specialized transportation assets," said John Heskin, managing director and group head for CIT's Aerospace, Defense and Government business. "We worked closely with them to understand their objectives and develop the right financing package to meet their needs."

CIT's Aerospace, Defense & Government Services group, part of the Commercial Finance division, provides integrated financial solutions for manufacturers, suppliers and service providers in the aerospace, defense, homeland security and government services markets.

About CIT
CIT is a division of First Citizens Bank, the largest family-controlled bank in the United States, continuing a unique legacy of strength, stability and long-term thinking that has spanned generations. Parent company, First Citizens BancShares, Inc. (NASDAQ: FCNCA) is a top 20 U.S. financial institution with more than $100 billion in assets. The company's commercial banking segment brings a wide array of best-in-class lending, leasing and banking services to middle-market companies and small businesses from coast to coast. First Citizens also operates a nationwide direct bank and a network of more than 600 branches in 22 states, many in high-growth markets. Industry specialists bring a depth of expertise that helps businesses and individuals meet their specific goals at every stage of their financial journey. Discover more at

About Thora Capital
Thora Capital, LLC is an alternative asset manager dedicated to aviation finance. Its private equity vehicles focus on helicopter assets, with opportunistic capital deployment into fixed-wing and related financial instruments. Thora Capital combines a passion for research, data analysis and portfolio management seeking to maximize risk-adjusted returns for its investors.  

John M. Moran

SOURCE CIT, a division of First Citizens Bank