Sikorsky to Build Three Aircraft for ExxonMobil's Malaysian Ops

Sikorsky Aircraft has signed a contract to build three S-76C++ helicopters for Malaysian Helicopter Service (MHS) for use in the offshore oil market by ExxonMobil.

The contract, which includes a complete support package, signifies the first aircraft replacement by Sikorsky for ExxonMobil in the Malaysian region in 14 years.

MHS will operate and maintain the helicopters.

"MHS recognizes the safety and reliability of the S-76, having been an operator of this model for a significant period of time,” said Daniel Zsebik, Sikorsky’s commercial sales director. “These helicopters perform more than one duty; they are a national asset to the country in which they operate.” The helicopters are scheduled for delivery in July 2007.

"The offshore oil market is a demanding environment that requires a sturdy, proven aircraft," said MHS Chairman Ma'Som Mahadi. "MHS has been pleased with the performance and support of the Sikorsky S-76 models, so we are confident in our choice of the S-76C++."

The S-76® is a multi-mission medium helicopter used in a variety of roles including offshore oil, executive transport, and airline.

Stratford, Conn.-based Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. is a world leader in helicopter design, manufacturing, and service. It is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.