Thursday, March 1, 2012
Bond, Lider, ASESA Order Sikorsky Variants
Sikorsky has signed with Brazilian operator Lider Aviacao to provide three S-92s. Lider will use the helicopters for offshore oil and gas transport for Petrobras. The purchase adds to Lider’s fleet of four S-92s and 42 S-76s. Sikorsky expects deliveries to begin later this year.
Mexican operator Aeroservicios Especializados (ASESA) has reached an agreement with Sikorsky for assembly, service and support opportunities with UH-60 Black Hawks. The Mexican Air Force, Navy and Federal Police fly a combined fleet of 21 UH-60L and UH-60M Black Hawks, with the Federal Police receiving another two helicopters this year. ASESA is a subsidiary of Grupo Lomex, an offshore oil and gas operator.
Also expanding its S-92 fleet is Bond Aviation Group, with an order for 16 new helicopters. The purchase is the largest one-time order for the variant. Each of the helicopters will be equipped with an ice protection system for the main rotor blades, a satellite flight following communications system, two life rafts that are auto-deployable, and five flotation devices. The modifications are required by EASA for offshore oil and gas operations in the North Sea. Bond parent company, World Helicopters Group, expects deliveries to begin in 2013.