Thai Aviation Services is expecting to welcome its 100,000th S-76D revenue passenger later this year, and has so far chalked up 10,000 hours on the type in just two years. This milestone was achieved just a few months after TAS began operating as Sikorsky's first customer support centre in Thailand.
TAS operates eight Sikorsky helicopters, including five S-76D medium-lift helicopters, two S-92 heavy lift helicopters and one S-76C++. It has conducted its offshore operations for oil and gas producing companies for 30 years, utilising Sikorsky helicopters exclusively.
Since 1977, Sikorsky has delivered more than 875 S-76 helicopters to customers around the world. The offshore oil transportation mission accounts for 65 per cent of the more than 7.25 million hours flown by the entire Sikorsky S-76 fleet. “We genuinely value the trust and confidence Thai Aviation Services has demonstrated in Sikorsky products over the past three decades,” says Audrey Brady, Sikorsky vice president of commercial systems and services. “Sikorsky is extremely proud to provide TAS with safe, reliable aircraft to support such a high operational tempo with first-rate availability.”