STRATFORD, Conn., Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation announced today that CHC Helicopter Corp. has signed a contract for 12 S-92(R) helicopters. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060403/SIKORSKYLOGO ) The S-92 helicopters will be used primarily to fulfill offshore transportation requirements in all corners of the world, but may also be used in the commercial Search and Rescue (SAR) role. "CHC has had success with Sikorsky helicopters and just recently flew the maiden mission of a dedicated-Search and Rescue S-92 helicopter, on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency," said Sylvain Allard, President and CEO of CHC. "We are delighted to continue our strong relationship by placing this multiple S-92 helicopter order. These aircraft will be used around the globe in CHC's expanding marketplace." CHC won the interim contract to supply aircraft to the MCA from 2007 to 2012. "The S-92 helicopter is a tough aircraft designed to handle tough missions, and Sikorsky is proud to bring this reliable and safe aircraft to CHC," said Stephen B. Estill, Sikorsky Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Delivery of the S-92 helicopters is expected to begin in 2009. The S-92 has established a leading position in the offshore oil industry and fills a variety of other missions including search and rescue, VIP and head of state transport. It was the world's first helicopter certified to the latest and most rigorous safety standards of both the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency/Joint Aviation Authorities. Of the approximately 38 aircraft now in service, about half are flying 100 or more hours per month. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Connecticut, USA, is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacturing and service. The company's mission statement reflects its long commitment to safety and innovation: "We pioneer flight solutions that bring people home everywhere...every time(TM)." United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, USA, provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.
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