Sikorsky announced the agreement at a signing ceremony at the Heli-Expo 2005 trade show. "The S-76's proven track record, state-of-the-art technology and known cost efficiency continue to make it customers' aircraft of choice," said Jeff Pino, Sikorsky's Senior Vice President of Sales and Commercial Programs.
Era plans to take delivery of two Sikorsky S-76C+ and three S-76C++ helicopters beginning in the first quarter of 2006.
"We are looking forward to upgrading our fleet of medium crew change helicopters with the addition of these enhanced performance Sikorsky S76C+ and S76C++ helicopters," said Chuck Johnson, Era's President. "They will allow us to continue improving the support we offer to our deep water customers in the Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere."
Era Aviation and Tex-Air Helicopters, both SEACOR companies, are currently finalizing plans to merge the two organizations by March 31, 2005. After the merger, Era Helicopters LLC will operate over 125 helicopters in the oil and gas, fire fighting, utility and flight seeing markets.
Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, based in Stratford, CT, is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacturing and service. Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX), of Hartford, CT, which provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries.