Bristow Group Purchases 3 New Helicopters

Bristow Group has purchased three new AW139 medium twin engine helicopters and options for additional AW139 purchases from AgustaWestland. These purchases will be funded from currently available capital.

The AW139, which will be an additional model type for the Bristow fleet, is a new generation medium twin-engine helicopter and meets FAA and JAA FAR/JAR Part 29 requirements.

William E. Chiles, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We are adding the AW139 to our fleet as a result of discussions with a number of customers who will require this aircraft model in several of our global markets over the next few years. Taking delivery late in 2009 and in early 2010 gives us sufficient time to have this new model type in our fleet to meet the demand for future requirements."