The introduction of the S-92 helicopter in Denmark occurred on July 3 when the S-92 helicopter made its first revenue flight for CHC Denmark. From their base in Esbjerg, CHC Denmark will operate three S-92 helicopters for Maersk Oil and Gas in Denmark. Maersk recently renewed its contract with CHC Denmark for five years, incorporating the S-92 helicopter into its plan as a replacement for a fleet of Super Pumas.
Two more S-92 helicopters are scheduled to enter service during the second half of 2007.
"The S-92 has become an extremely popular aircraft in the Sikorsky product line, experiencing unprecedented demand with several offshore operators and recently expanding into dedicated search and rescue missions in the U.K. This new beginning for the S-92 helicopter in Denmark is further validation of this aircraft's capabilities," said Stephen B. Estill, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer.
CHC is one of the largest operators of the S-92 helicopter, but this delivery marks the first flight of an S-92 in Denmark. It comes some 42 years after the delivery of the SAR S-61T helicopter, which is still operated by the Danish Air Force.
CHC Denmark is a subsidiary of CHC Canada, which is operating the first Sikorsky dedicated search-and-rescue S-92 helicopter for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in the U.K.
The S-92 helicopter 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.
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