Sikorsky Begins Delivering Record S-92® Helicopter Order

           Sikorsky Begins Delivering Record S-92® Helicopter Order

PR Newswire

COATESVILLE, Pa., Feb. 7, 2013

COATESVILLE, Pa., Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Sikorsky Global Helicopters
(SGH) today announced delivery of the first of 16 completed S-92^® helicopters
that the Avincis Group will use to provide transportation for its customers'
offshore oil and gas crews and for search and rescue. The aircraft order
announced in February 2012 is the largest single purchase of S-92 helicopters
to date, known for their robust design, safety features and performance
especially in harsh environments including the North Sea. SGH is the
commercial aircraft business of Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., a subsidiary of
United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).

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The aircraft, which will go first to Norway before being deployed in the UK
North Sea sector, was accepted last weekend at SGH's facility in Coatesville,
Pa., by Bjorn Seljevold, Managing Director of Norsk Helikopterservice.
Avincis' subsidiaries operate under the Bond (UK, Norway, Ireland and
Australia), Norsk Helikopterservice (Norway), Inaer (Spain, Italy, France,
Portugal, Chile and Peru) and Australian Helicopters brands.

"We're proud to have Avincis as a customer and to provide them with a proven
and reliable helicopter with a very high availability rate.Avincis has
established a global reputation as a company committed to safety and
performing vital life-saving missions – a culture and a priority that our two
companies share," said Carey Bond, President of Sikorsky Global Helicopters.
"We look forward to all sixteen S-92 aircraft entering the Avincis' fleet."

Avincis CEO James Drummond said: "I am delighted to see the delivery of the
first of this important addition to our fleet. Avincis' global scale allows us
to ensure our local companies have access to the best resources for their
customers. Every day, lives and livelihoods depend on the operations we
fly.The size and diversity of our fleet, together with our absolute
commitment to safety and quality, means we are equipped to save lives, protect
the environment and provide energy services across the world."

Milestone Aviation Group, a world leader in helicopter leasing and a valued
Sikorsky customer, is financing the first four of the 16 S-92 aircraft order.
Richard Santulli, Chairman of Milestone, said, "We are thrilled to continue
our partnership with Avincis and support the growth of their business with the
addition of the S-92 to their fleet. This great aircraft will allow Avincis, a
world-class operator, to offer even more options to their customers all over
the world."

All 16 S-92 helicopters  will feature equipment and systems necessary for
operations in the North Sea region in accordance with the European Aviation
Safety Agency's requirements. These include five flotation devices, two
auto-deployable life rafts, satellite flight following communications, and a
main rotor blade ice protection system. Currently, helicopter operators based
in five North Sea region countries are flying 47 S-92 aircraft configured for
offshore transport and search and rescue missions.

The S-92 is a multi-mission helicopter that has been used in various roles and
will reach two major milestones this year, the first in February when the
fleet is expected to reach the 500,000 flight hour milestone. Off shore oil
operators fly the aircraft for an average of 90 – 110 hours per month in often
challenging environments. Sikorsky also anticipates delivery of the 200^th
S-92 helicopter in the second quarter of 2013.

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., is a world leader in
helicopter design, manufacture, and service.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.

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SOURCE Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.

Website: http://www.sikorsky.com
Contact: Paul Jackson, +1-860-614-3899 (cell), +1-203-386-7143,
Paul.Jackson@sikorsky.com; Avincis Group, Kate Hill, +44 20 7932 1600, +44
7899 792991, khill@avincisgroup.com; Milestone Aviation Group, Eric Berman,
+1-212-521-4894, +1-917-842-7635, eric-berman@kekst.com; Nathan Riggs, +1
(212) 521-4804, +1 (917) 574-8583, nathan-riggs@kekst.com
 
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