Sales of S-76 Helicopter Reach Twenty-Year High

Oct. 07, 2003 - ORLANDO, Fla. - Sales of Sikorsky's innovative S-76 have reached a twenty-year high as VIP customers and offshore oil operators continue to populate their fleets with the high-performance helicopter. Since December 2002, Sikorsky has received contracts for 49 S-76C+ aircraft, with options for an additional 57 over five years.

Featuring a deluxe cabin designed to transport executives in comfort and safety, the S-76C+ offers a versatile combination of speed, range and performance that make it the world's premiere VIP helicopter.

"Sikorsky has a fierce commitment to customer value, which encompasses continuous product improvements, constant safety oversight and unwavering customer support," said Jeff Pino, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Commercial Programs.

The dual commitment to modernization and support is paying off for Sikorsky. Over the past ten months, Sikorsky has received contracts from offshore transportation giants Offshore Logistics, Inc. and CHC Helicopter Corporation, and marked the introduction of the S-76C+ into Brazilian service at the hands of Senior Taxi Aereo.

The S-76C+ is a venerable fixture in corporate, SAR, and EMS activities across the globe. The aircraft is currently in revenue service with four international airline operations and in offshore oil support around the world, with diverse operating environments ranging from Northern Europe to Southern China. Airline operations typically average 1,500 hours flown annually per aircraft.

Recent milestones for the S-76 include the S-76C+ receiving The Robb Report's 2003 award for "Best Luxury Helicopter," and a Helijet International S-76A aircraft surpassing the 25,000 hour mark with no sign of retirement.

An uprated version of the proven S-76 helicopter, the S-76C+ combines the rugged S-76B airframe with the more capable, FADEC-controlled Turbomeca Arriel 2S1 engine. It offers improved single engine and hot-high performance while retaining the efficient, long-range cruise of the S-76C helicopter.

Operating in 44 countries by 192 operators, more than 530 Sikorsky S-76 helicopters have accumulated over three million flight hours with an extraordinary safety record, while providing the best combination of operating costs and performance in their weight class.

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