Sikorsky Delivers First Fully Configured S-76D™ Aircraft to Bristow Group for Offshore Oil Service

Sikorsky Delivers First Fully Configured S-76D™ Aircraft to Bristow Group for
                             Offshore Oil Service

PR Newswire

COATESVILLE, Pa., Jan. 6, 2014

COATESVILLE, Pa., Jan. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.
announced today that it delivered its first fully configured S-76D™
helicopter, the latest in the long and highly successful Sikorsky S-76^®
commercial aircraft family, to the Bristow Group Inc. in December. Sikorsky is
a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

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The delivery follows an announcement in March 2013 that Bristow would acquire
up to 26 S-76D™ helicopters to transport oil rig workers to and from offshore
platforms.

"This delivery marks a historic occasion for Sikorsky as the new S-76D
helicopter heads into service. We are thrilled that the first completed
aircraft is going to our highly valued customer, Bristow Group, with which we
share a 40-year relationship and a culture of safety and quality," said Carey
Bond, president, Sikorsky Global Helicopters. "We thank Bristow for their
continued trust in our products and proudly look forward to this aircraft
joining the Bristow rotorcraft fleet."

"Bristow is committed to providing the safest, most reliable and efficient
service to our clients, and our S-76 aircraft have done just that by
consistently performing a demanding and intensive offshore oil and gas
transportation mission on an aggressive schedule," said William E. Chiles,
president and chief executive officer of Bristow Group, "We are excited about
this delivery and look forward to putting the new S-76D with its enhanced
capabilities into our operations around the world."

The Federal Aviation Administration approved the Type Certificate for the
baseline S-76D aircraft in October 2012. In the ensuing year, the Sikorsky
Flight Test program expanded certifications. The S-76D™ helicopter achieved
FAA certification for offshore oil operations on Oct. 31, enabling Sikorsky to
deliver completed aircraft for that mission. This certification increases the
S-76D™ helicopter's maximum gross weight to 11,875 pounds and allows up to 12
passengers for operations in the offshore oil configuration. The S-76D™
helicopter also received an expanded baseline certification, allowing the
aircraft to operate in a wider range of environments.

"The S-76D helicopter delivers the safety, reliability and efficiency our
customers have come to expect from the S-76 family of aircraft, but with
faster cruise speed and a more efficient fuel burn," added Mr. Bond.

The S-76D helicopter has quickly proven popular with customers, with a current
backlog exceeding $700 million. Sikorsky has delivered more than 800 S-76
helicopters to customers globally since 1979, contributing daily to a growing
6-million-plus fleet flight hour total.

The S-76D helicopter's baseline equipment includes powerful and efficient
Pratt & Whitney Canada PW210S engines; an advanced THALES TopDeck ® integrated
avionics system and four-axis autopilot; Health and Usage Monitoring System
(HUMS) incorporated into fleet monitoring and analysis through Sikorsky
Aerospace Services; active vibration control; and all-composite, flaw-tolerant
main rotor blades. A Rotor Ice Protection System (RIPS) for all-weather
capability will be available as an option.

Bristow Group Inc., which currently operates more than 100 Sikorsky
helicopters, is the leading provider of helicopter services to the worldwide
offshore energy industry based on the number of aircraft operated and one of
two helicopter service providers to the offshore energy industry with global
operations. Bristow has major transportation operations in the North Sea,
Nigeria and the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, and in most of the other major offshore
oil and gas producing regions of the world, including Australia, Brazil,
Canada, Russia and Trinidad. For more information, visit Bristow's website at
www.bristowgroup.com.

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.

SOURCE Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.

Contact: Sikorsky Media: Callie Ferrari, Communications Manager, 203-383-7150,
Callie.Ferrari@Sikorsky.com; or Bristow Media Contact: Tricia Morley, Director
of Global Communications, 713-267-7618, tricia.morley@bristowgroup.com
 
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