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S-92® Helicopter Enters into Service in Brazil for Offshore Oil Market

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S-92® Helicopter Enters into Service in Brazil for Offshore Oil Market

February 22, 2010

  HOUSTON, Texas - The S-92® helicopter has entered into the offshore oil market in Brazil, following the well established work of another Sikorsky Aircraft product already serving that industry in the region. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).

Petrobras, one of the largest oil companies in the world, has been using Sikorsky helicopters through their contracts with Líder Taxi Aéreo S.A. Air Brasil and Brazilian Helicopter Services (BHS) to serve the offshore and onshore oil markets there for more than three decades. These companies have flown Sikorsky products, beginning with the S-58TTM helicopter, since the 1970s.

“The offshore oil industry is one of the industries where Sikorsky Aircraft products play a critical role in the missions they perform,” said Carey Bond, President, Sikorsky Global Helicopters. “These aircraft fly day and night to bring employees to oil platforms and rigs, and today we are pleased to announce that the S-92 helicopter has joined the fleet of S-76 helicopters that have been flying well and serving these Petrobras customers for 20 years.”

Líder operates more than 30 Sikorsky helicopters in support of offshore oil operations in Brazil. Most of those have been S-76 helicopters, but the company recently added the S-92 to its fleet.

BHS has been another important customer for Sikorsky in Latin America, having placed into service the hard-working S-92 helicopter just last month. With two S-92 helicopters already in Brazil, additional aircraft are expected to enter into service with Petrobras throughout this year.

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., based in Stratford, Conn., USA, is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacturing, 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.

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