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Sikorsky Honors PHI as First S-92 Operator to Reach 10K Fleet Hours

November 16, 2006

  LAFAYETTE, Louisiana - Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today celebrated a milestone by PHI, Inc., as the Louisiana-based company became the first operator in the world to achieve 10,000 fleet hours with the Sikorsky S-92 helicopter. Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX)

Since the 1950s, PHI has flown Sikorsky helicopters, offering services to the offshore oil and gas, onshore mining, international, air medical and technical services industries. Sikorsky delivered the first two production S-92s to PHI in late 2004 to provide service to BP in early 2005. PHI currently flies six S-92 helicopters, with two more scheduled to be delivered before year-end. PHI also flies S-92 helicopters for BHP Billiton, an Australian petroleum and mining company. PHI uses the S-92s to service deep water production platforms off the coast of Louisiana, primarily in the Mississippi Canyon region.

"Sikorsky and PHI have a long history, and the S-92 has become the popular choice for offshore, VIP and medical evacuation missions. This milestone represents a significant contribution to these services and Sikorsky looks forward to a bright future of milestones for the S-92 and PHI," said President Jeffrey Pino.

The S-92 was the first helicopter in the world certified to the latest Federal Aviation Administration and European Joint airworthiness safety standards. The aircraft is the winner of the Collier Trophy, and features a Rotor Ice Protection System available on S-92 helicopter military variants as well as commercial aircraft.

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

PHI provides helicopter transportation and related services to a broad range of customers including the oil and gas industry, air medical industry and also provides third-party maintenance services to select customers.

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