Sikorsky, February 24, 2008 - HOUSTON, Texas - In a ceremony today at Heli-Expo, Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and VIH Aviation Group Ltd. celebrated the recent signing of contracts to provide four additional S-92® helicopters to support offshore oil operations. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), of Hartford, Conn., USA.
The aircraft will be used by VIH's subsidiary, Cougar Helicopters Inc. These most recent purchases increase the current VIH/Cougar inventory to eleven S-92 aircraft.
"The S-92 helicopter has been a vibrant component of offshore oil operations," said Jeffrey P. Pino, Sikorsky President. "Sikorsky Aircraft appreciates the loyal support of VIH Aviation Group as well as their pioneering work with the S-92. We look forward to continuing our close relationship with VIH and Cougar for many years to come."
Ken Norie, President/CEO of VIH and Cougar, said his company has found the S-92 helicopter to be reliable and steadfast in the face of demanding environments.
"The current VIH S-92 helicopter fleet operates primarily with their Cougar subsidiary in St. Johns, Newfoundland," Norie said. "The S-92 aircraft operating there are providing consistent and reliable offshore transportation services in some of the world's harshest conditions, including heavy icing conditions during the winter."
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacturing, and service. The company's long commitment to safety and innovation is reflected in its mission statement: "We pioneer flight solutions that bring people home everywhere... every time.TM" 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.