Zuhai Contracts Sikorsky Helicopters to Support Offshore Operations in China
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. announced today at the Paris Air Show that China Southern Airlines Company’s Zhuhai Helicopter Branch has contracted for a S-76C++™ and two S-92® helicopters to support the company’s offshore oil customers operating in the South China Sea. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.
Zhuhai is the largest and oldest operator of Sikorsky helicopters in China, having used Sikorsky aircraft since 1984 to transport oil workers for such companies as China National Offshore Oil Corp., ExxonMobil, and Phillips. When the newly ordered aircraft are delivered starting in September 2011, Zhuhai’s fleet will include 13 S-76® and three S-92 helicopters.
“Both the S-76 and S-92 helicopters have proven to be the workhorses of the offshore oil and other transport sectors globally. In China, Sikorsky and Zhuhai have a long history of partnering to meet the needs of the country’s offshore oil industry. We look forward to continuing this partnership for many years to come,” said Carey Bond, President of Sikorsky Global Helicopters (SGH).
SGH is a Sikorsky Aircraft company that develops and produces civil certified helicopters and their derivatives. Its portfolio includes the S-76®, S-92® and H-92™ helicopters as well as the S-300C™, S-300 CBi™, S-333™ and S-434™ light helicopters. Also part of Sikorsky Global helicopters is Associated Aircraft Group (AAG), a provider of charter and fractional ownership services.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., USA, is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacture, and service. United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., USA, provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.
Source: BusinessWire, June 21, 2011;