| Ishan Ibrahim |
BRUNEI Shell Petroleum Co Sdn Bhd (BSP) was recently presented with a commemoration plaque by the Lockheed Martin helicopter company, in honour of its ‘50 Years of Continuous Service with Sikorsky Helicopters’.
The recognition event took place at the inaugural 2017 Rotorcraft Asia show which was held at the Changi Exhibition Centre in Singapore, from April 18 to 20.
Across five decades, BSP’s fleet of six Sikorsky helicopters – three original S-61N and the three replacement S-92 models – have primarily performed offshore oil and passenger transport missions.
“We are honoured to recognise BSP for 50 years of continuous service with Sikorsky products,” said Christophe Nurit, Sikorsky’s Regional Sales Executive in Asia.
“We are grateful for the trust placed in Sikorsky helicopters when executing challenging offshore oil and search-and-rescue missions. We look forward to future milestones in our ongoing relationship.”
“We are thrilled with the recognition by Sikorsky,” said Alexirwan Omar, BSP’s Head of Aircraft Services.
“BSP takes great pride in its safety record, and to have operated safely with Sikorsky helicopters is an outstanding achievement. We look forward to many more years of continued partnership with Sikorsky.”
The first civil operations of a Sikorsky-built helicopter within the Asean region dates back to the mid-1950’s, when BSP contracted the services of five, 10-passenger, S-55 helicopters.
When BSP decided to operate its own helicopter fleet, its choice fell on Sikorsky products.
The delivery of the first of three S-61N helicopters took place in 1967; BSP upgraded its fleet to Sikorsky S-92 helicopters in 2006.
Combined, the entire fleet has flown nearly 170,000 flight hours and achieved more than 800,000 take-offs and landings, carrying 4.5 million passengers safely to and from offshore oil rigs.
Since 2004, Sikorsky has delivered more than 275 S-92 helicopters, predominantly to worldwide operators serving the offshore oil and gas industry.
BSP operated its first helicopter in 1967, accumulating more than 800,000 landings and flew more than 4.5 million passengers.
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