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Bristow completes BIH acquisition
The acquisition of BIH will strengthen Bristow's global Government Services offering. The company will integrate into Bristow's UK operations and adopt the Bristow name and brand.
Read this story in our September 2022 printed issue.

Bristow Group has completed its acquisition of British International Helicopter Services (BIH) and will integrate it into its UK operations. BIH will adopt the Bristow name and brand.

"This acquisition further enhances our government services business, and we welcome the new, highly capable and experienced team members into the Bristow family," says president and CEO Chris Bradshaw. "We will now build off BIH's longstanding history and strong relationships with the UK Ministry of Defence and will continue providing safe and reliable service to both military and civilian markets."

"The acquisition of BIH will further enhance Bristow's leading global government services business by strengthening existing relationships and developing new partnerships throughout government sectors for safe and reliable vertical lift solutions," adds senior vice president of Bristow EAMEA and search and rescue Alan Corbett. "Through this acquisition, Bristow is well-positioned to further expand our services throughout the UK and beyond."

BIH's more than 110 employees currently deliver combined search and rescue (SAR) and support helicopter services for the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) with operations in the Falkland Islands and deliver Fleet Operational Sea Training (FOST) helicopter support for the Royal Navy in the UK. BIH currently operates a fleet of two AW189 SAR-configured helicopters, three S61 helicopters and one AS365 helicopter, performing various passenger and freight transport as well as hoist operations.

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