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Norsk Passes 1,000 Flight Hours, 20,000 Passengers With S-92 Fleet

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Norsk Passes 1,000 Flight Hours, 20,000 Passengers With S-92 Fleet

June 14, 2005

  PARIS AIR SHOW, France - Norsk Helikopter achieved an industry milestone June 9 when it became the first S-92 operator in the world to reach 1,000 fleet hours, transporting more than 20,000 passengers to and from North Sea oil fields in the process.

Norsk's two S-92s began revenue service in February and April, 2005. Through June 9 the two S-92s logged 543 and 462 hours, carrying 10,855 and 9,620 passengers, respectively. Sikorsky and Norsk marked the achievement with a ceremony today at the Paris Air Show.

"We are generally highly satisfied with the implementation of the two helicopters. The utilization in our daily flight program is high, and we must conclude that our expectations have been reached," said Geir Tynning, Norsk's Commercial Director.

"Thanks to its robust design, new technology and demonstrated reliability the S-92 has quickly proven itself ready to meet the demanding needs of our Norwegian offshore oil customers. We are pleased that Norsk has shown such confidence in the S-92, flying many hours each day transporting thousands of passengers in the rugged North Sea environment," said Dave Powell, Sikorsky's regional sales executive.

The two S-92s are being used by Statoil for crew change missions from Bergen, Norway, throughout the North Sea area. They replace two AS332 Super Pumas.

Norsk became the first offshore oil S-92 operator in Europe when it made its inaugural revenue flight at 7:30 a.m. on February 21 with 19 Statoil employees in full survivor gear. The S-92 helicopter flew four round trips and transported a total of 152 different passengers to and from various Statoil platforms in the North Sea.

The S-92 helicopter is the first in the world certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency/ Joint Aviation Authorities (EASA/JAA) to the latest and most rigorous safety standards. The S-92 was also the first helicopter certified by the FAA to FAR Part 29 Transport Rotorcraft, Amendment 47, the latest U.S. safety regulations, which mirror the European standards.

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.

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