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Rotorcraft Report: CHC Builds Maintenance Strength With Latest S-92, AW139 Orders

By Staff Writer | December 1, 2007

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CHC Helicopter Corp. is using its latest orders for new aircraft as leverage to build the overhaul and maintenance capability of its Heli-One worldwide helicopter support division.

Through its parent company’s latest order for Sikorsky Aircraft S-92s and AgustaWestland AW139s, Heli-One will gain the right to complete post-delivery modifications on S-76s owned or operated by CHC and third parties and overhaul and repair the main, tail and intermediate rotor transmissions of CHC S-92s. It also gains the right to complete post-delivery mods on CHC AgustaWestland AW139s. If Heli-One meets certain requirements, it could extend its completions and overhaul work to aircraft owned or operated by third parties and to CHC’s GE CT7-8A (on the S-92) and Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6C-67Cs (on AW139).

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In the latest transactions, it is the Heli-One unit that ordered the 12 S-92s and 13 AW139s. CHC already had ordered 16 S-92s and 20 AW139s

CHC said many of the new aircraft already are committed to customer contracts. The S-92s will be used mainly for offshore transportation, but may fly commercial search and rescue missions. The AW139s will fly offshore and emergency medical service missions. The first S-92 under the orders is to be delivered in June 2009, with deliveries continuing through March 2012. The first AW139 is to be delivered later this year, with deliveries continuing through late 2011.

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