Sikorsky Begins Delivering Record S-92 Helicopter Order

Thu Feb 7, 2013 7:00am EST

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COATESVILLE, Pa.,  Feb. 7, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Sikorsky Global Helicopters
(SGH) today announced delivery of the first of 16 completed S-92®  helicopters
that the Avincis Group will use to provide transportation for its customers'
offshore oil and gas crews and for search and rescue. The aircraft order
announced in  February 2012  is the largest single purchase of S-92 helicopters
to date, known for their robust design, safety features and performance
especially in harsh environments including the North Sea. SGH is the commercial
aircraft business of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of United
Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).


The aircraft, which will go first to  Norway  before being deployed in the UK
North Sea sector, was accepted last weekend at SGH's facility in  Coatesville,
Pa., by  Bjorn Seljevold, Managing Director of Norsk Helikopterservice. Avincis'
subsidiaries operate under the Bond (UK,  Norway,  Ireland  and  Australia),
Norsk Helikopterservice (Norway), Inaer (Spain,  Italy,  France,  Portugal, 
Chile  and  Peru) and Australian Helicopters brands.  

"We're proud to have Avincis as a customer and to provide them with a proven and
reliable helicopter with a very high availability rate. Avincis has established
a global reputation as a company committed to safety and performing vital
life-saving missions - a culture and a priority that our two companies share,"
said  Carey Bond, President of Sikorsky Global Helicopters. "We look forward to
all sixteen S-92 aircraft entering the Avincis' fleet."  

Avincis CEO  James Drummond  said: "I am delighted to see the delivery of the
first of this important addition to our fleet. Avincis' global scale allows us
to ensure our local companies have access to the best resources for their
customers. Every day, lives and livelihoods depend on the operations we fly. The
size and diversity of our fleet, together with our absolute commitment to safety
and quality, means we are equipped to save lives, protect the environment and
provide energy services across the world."

Milestone Aviation Group, a world leader in helicopter leasing and a valued
Sikorsky customer, is financing the first four of the 16 S-92 aircraft order. 
Richard Santulli, Chairman of Milestone, said, "We are thrilled to continue our
partnership with Avincis and support the growth of their business with the
addition of the S-92 to their fleet. This great aircraft will allow Avincis, a
world-class operator, to offer even more options to their customers all over the

All 16 S-92 helicopterswill feature equipment and systems necessary for
operations in the North Sea region in accordance with the European Aviation
Safety Agency's requirements. These include five flotation devices, two
auto-deployable life rafts, satellite flight following communications, and a
main rotor blade ice protection system. Currently, helicopter operators based in
five North Sea region countries are flying 47 S-92 aircraft configured for
offshore transport and search and rescue missions.

The S-92 is a multi-mission helicopter that has been used in various roles and
will reach two major milestones this year, the first in February when the fleet
is expected to reach the 500,000 flight hour milestone. Off shore oil operators
fly the aircraft for an average of 90 - 110 hours per month in often challenging
environments. Sikorsky also anticipates delivery of the 200th  S-92 helicopter
in the second quarter of 2013.

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in  Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in
helicopter design, manufacture, and service. United Technologies Corp., based in
 Hartford, Conn., provides a broad range of high technology products and support
services to the aerospace and building systems industries.   

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792991,; Milestone Aviation Group, Eric Berman,
+1-212-521-4894, +1-917-842-7635,; Nathan Riggs, +1 (212)
521-4804, +1 (917) 574-8583,

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