Bristow Group has signed 10 year TrueChoice Flight Hour agreements for its CT7-8A-powered Sikorsky S-92 fleet and its CT7-2E1 powered Leonardo AW189 fleet with GE. This consolidates the multiple TrueChoice agreements held by Bristow Group following its June 2020 merger with Era Group into just two, long-term agreements.
Bristow currently operates 67 S-92 and 18 AW189 helicopters for a variety of missions, including its UK search and rescue (SAR) contract, and oil and gas and SAR services globally.
“By consolidating these agreements, we can bring greater efficiency in managing our worldwide fleet of S-92s and AW189s while ensuring we provide a safe, reliable fleet of helicopters for our customers,” says Bristow senior vice president, global fleet management Stuart Stavley. “As the world's largest operator of the S-92 and AW189, our decades-long partnership with GE has contributed to Bristow being the leader in providing innovative and sustainable vertical flight solutions from offshore energy transport to challenging search and rescue missions.”
“We're honoured to extend our great relationship with Bristow through these TrueChoice agreements,” adds GE CT7 programmes director Elissa Lee. “We continually strive to offer our customers simple, flexible options to support a diverse set of missions. These agreements with Bristow are a great example.”
The 2,500 shp-class CT7-8A and 2,000 shp-class CT7-2E1 engines can run on approved SAF blends to reduce lifecycle CO2 emissions.