June 18, 2013
AIR SHOW -- Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today announced it has signed a contract with
CITIC Offshore Helicopter Company (COHC) for two S-92
helicopters to be used for the offshore oil crew transportation mission. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).
Established in 1983, COHC is a publicly traded company based in
. It is the largest provider of offshore operations in
. The contract was signed on
and announced today from the Paris Air Show.
"The offshore oil market in
is growing rapidly, and the S-92 helicopter has proven to be a reliable and safe performer in many locations around the world, including
, where Sikorsky products are now being operated by all three major offshore oil service providers," said
, Sikorsky Vice President of Sales & Marketing. "COHC is one of the newest customers for Sikorsky Aircraft, and we are focused on providing them with world-class products and support, and are confident that this marks the beginning of a long-term relationship between us."
Sikorsky plans to deliver the new S-92 helicopters in
and March 2015.
The multi-mission S-92 helicopter incorporates numerous safety features, including a flaw-tolerant design. In February, the global fleet achieved the half-million flight-hour milestone. Off shore oil operators fly the aircraft for an average of 90 – 110 hours per month in often challenging environments. The S-92 helicopter also performs Head of State missions, search and rescue (SAR) operations as well as a variety of transportation missions for utility and airline passengers. Since entering service in
, the S-92 fleet has grown to 170 aircraft and logged more than 530,000 flight hours to date.
This summer, Sikorsky will formally offer the S-92 platform to the U.S. Government, which is seeking to replace the "Marine One" helicopter fleet that transports the President of
the United States
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in
, USA, is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture, and service. United Technologies Corp., based in
, USA, provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries. For updates from United Technologies Corp.'s aerospace businesses visit
SOURCE Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.