15 November 2012 © David Eyre
Following the grounding of 16 Eurocopter EC225s in its fleet, Bristow Group has ordered 10 additional Sikorsky S-92s and placed 16 options.
Sikorsky has also agreed to take the last 15 Sikorsky S-76As in Bristow’s fleet as a trade-in.
15 EC225s and an AS332 L2 Super Puma of Bristow (based in the Australia, Nigeria, Norway and the UK) were grounded since the 22 October ditching of an EC225 in the North Sea near the Shetland Islands. AgustaWestland AW139s and Sikorsky S-76s and S-92s are being used to replace the grounded EC225s.
About 60-70 EC225s owned by various operators worldwide were grounded.